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Safe & Just Michigan Spring 2020 edition – newsletter released

The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities, and new SJM staff members. Download>> SJM Newsletter Spring 2020 Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.

ACLU URGES OFFICIALS TO DEVELOP PROACTIVE COVID-19 PLANS FOR JAILS AND PRISONS

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU), together with Safe & Just Michigan and the American Friends Service Committee, are urging the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the state’s 83 county sheriffs to protect the health of the people in their custody and their staff by adopting proactive, evidence-based plans to appropriately prevent [...]

Michigan Voting Rights for Justice Involved People

Michigan grants voting rights to most people otherwise qualified to vote regardless of their criminal record. The only people ineligible to vote based on a criminal record are people who are currently incarcerated and serving a sentence. That means that that people who match the following descriptions ARE ELIGIBLE to vote: People who are formerly incarcerated People [...]

Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration’s 18 Legislative Recommendations

In January 2020, the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration issued a list of 18 legislative action items that — if enacted — could revolutionize Michigan’s county jails and the lives of the people who come into contact with them. The task force drafted their recommendations after holding six meetings across Michigan. Testimony was gathered from [...]

Gongwer article: Panel: ‘Get In Each Other’s Lanes’ To Aid Former Inmates In Jobs, Housing

Officials with government agencies and private organizations told stakeholders at a Thursday summit that by working together they can better help more formerly incarcerated individuals get back on their feet and lead more productive lives. More funding, whether from government or private sources, would also help according to those sitting on a panel during the [...]

2019-11-15T10:55:48-05:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources, Topic|

Safe & Just Michigan Fall 2019 edition – newsletter released

The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities. Download>> SJM Fall 2019 Newsletter Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.

MIRS news article: Expungement Bills Move To House Floor With Small Changes

Legislation that would allow more people to set-aside qualifying crimes from their records and allow some people to see it happen automatically after 10 years was reported by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The bills (HB 4980, HB 4981, HB 4982, HB 4983, HB 4984, HB 4985 and HB 5120) mostly moved on 12-1 votes with Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) voting no. [...]

MIRS News article: Nessel Gives Detailed Expungement Bill Critique In Person

In a move not common with former Attorney Generals, AG Dana NESSEL personally appeared before the House's Judiciary Committee today to support legislation widening the universe of reformed offenders who can get convictions expunged off their records. The Democratic Attorney General wasn't just making a courtesy call. She didn't read off a sheet of talking points and [...]

2019-10-09T14:51:16-04:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources, Topic|

Gongwer article: Bipartisan Bills Reforming Expungement Process Coming This Week

Legislation expanding the state's expungements laws to allow residents to set aside old and low-level convictions will be introduced in the House this week, lawmakers announced in Detroit and Kalamazoo on Monday. The legislation has been in the works for much of the year and has general support of prosecutors and law enforcement (See Gongwer Michigan [...]

2019-09-10T16:22:52-04:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Media, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources, Safe & Just Michigan, Topic|