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Testimony

SJM Testimony in support of Senate Bill 599

On June 18, 2024, Executive Director John S. Cooper and Policy Advocacy Manager Jazmine testified before the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of SB 599. Parole for medically frail people allows MDOC to (1) focus on its core functions (instead of complex health care needs), (2) transition medically frail people into more appropriate care, [...]

Written Statement in support Senate Bill 599

On March 21, 2024, the Michigan Senate Committee on Civil Rights, Judiciary, and Public Safety heard testimony on Senate Bill (SB) 599. Policy Advocacy Manager Jazmine Wells submitted written testimony to demonstrate support of the bill and urge committee members to do so as well. Parole for medically frail people allows MDOC to 1) focus [...]

Written Testimony in support of House Bill 4556-60

On March 19, 2024, the Michigan House Standing Committee on Criminal Justice heard testimony on House Bills (HB) 4556-60. Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to demonstrate support of the bills and urge committee members to do so as well. HB 4556-60 would create a process that could help make Michigan’s corrections system [...]

Ronnie Waters Testimony at Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee

Ronnie Waters, Safe & Just Michigan's community engagement specialist, provided testimony of Safe & Just Michigan in support of Senate Bills 119-123 at the Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on April 20, 2023. Download>> Ronnie Waters Written Testimony Senate Bill 119_123

2023-04-20T16:31:28-04:00April 20th, 2023|Categories: 2023 - 2024, Juveniles, Lifers, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic, Topics|

Testimony in support of House Bills 4219 & HB 4220 (DUI Expugement)

On April 15, 2021, John S. Cooper, executive director of Safe & Just Michigan, submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. SJM supports this package that will make first-time drunk driving eligible for expungement, and urges the Michigan Legislature to pass H.B. 4219-20. Download>> Testimony DUI Expungement Written Testimony Apr

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Senate Bill 1254

On December 8, 2020 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee​​ in support of Senate Bill (SB) 1254. Cooper states in the written testimony: Safe & Just Michigan supports S.B. 1254, which will make first-time convictions for drunk driving eligible for expungement, and urges the Michigan [...]

2020-12-08T10:38:45-05:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Reentry, Testimony, Topic|

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on House Bills 5846 – 53

On September 16, 2020 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary  Committee​​ in support of House Bills (HB) 5846 - 53. Cooper states in the written testimony: Safe & Just Michigan urges the Michigan Legislature to pass H.B. 5846-53 without changes and without delay. These important reforms will improve the [...]

2020-09-16T11:51:59-04:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Jails, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Senate Bill 289, 290, and 291

On September 10, 2020 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee​​ in opposition of Senate Bill (SB) 289, 290, and 291. Hoe states in the written testimony: There is no evidence that public registries provide a public safety benefit and a large amount of evidence that public [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Clean Slate bill package presented to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee

On June 11, 2020 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee in support  of  HB  4980 -­ 85 & 5120 (2019)​​. Excerpt: Safe & Just Michigan supports all of the expungement reform bills being considered today, but my testimony today will focus on H.B. 4980--the “automatic [...]