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 misdemeanor incarceration

On September 20, 2019 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the Mich​igan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration​​. The testimony outlines how Michigan could drastically reduce the state's jail population by simply agreeing to discontinue the practice of incarcerating large numbers people for non-serious misdemeanors. Download>> Testimony Misdemeanor Incarceration

2019-09-19T14:58:56-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Jails, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on Pay to Stay policies

On August 23, 2019 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the Mich​igan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration​​. Safe & Just Michigan recommends two easy ways to address Pay to Stay practices. First, detain many fewer people by increasing our reliance on alternatives to incarceration and looking at incarceration as a [...]

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on bail reform

On August 23, 2019 Policy Analyst Josh Hoe submitted written testimony to the Mich​igan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration​​. Safe & Just Michigan supports efforts to limit or eliminate the use of cash bail in Michigan. Download>> Bail Reform Testimony

2019-08-25T21:36:13-04:00August 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Jails, Legislation, Legislative Session, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic|

Senate Bill 689 would move prisoners to county jails; CAPPS report details how this impacts prisoners and their families

Text of SB 689 Several years ago, the MDOC adopted a new policy of housing selected prisoners in county jails.  The initial Director’s Office Memorandum (DOM) provided that anyone classified at security Level 1 who was serving a flat sentence for an offense other than criminal sexual conduct could be sent to serve their time in [...]