Safe & Just Michigan

Updated: Clean Slate Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet

In October 2020, Safe & Just Michigan released a FAQ Fact Sheet after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Michigan’s Clean Slate legislation into law on October 12, 2020. These seven bills — House Bill 4980-4985 and HB 5120 — automatically expunge simple misdemeanors and non-assaultive felonies from the records of hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who [...]

Safe & Just Michigan Fall 2020 edition – newsletter released

The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities, and new SJM staff members. Download>> SJM Fall 2020 Newsletter Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions. Note: Due to a recent Michigan Department of Corrections mailroom policy, the newsletter was released in black and white.

Clean Slate Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet

On October 12, 2020 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Michigan’s Clean Slate legislation into law. These seven bills — House Bill 4980-4985 and HB 5120 — automatically expunge simple misdemeanors and non-assaultive felonies from the records of hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who have lived crime-free for at least seven years, and make it possible for [...]

Fact Sheet: Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail & Pretrial Incarceration

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 first wave of legislation to implement those recommendations was released in June 2020. This first [...]

The Problems of Mandatory Sentencing: The troubling legacy of Michigan’s felony firearm law

Safe & Just Michigan's report, “The Problems of Mandatory Sentencing: The troubling legacy of Michigan’s felony firearm law,” supports the passage of House Bills 5993-5994, which would end the mandatory two-year sentence for a first offense felony firearm conviction, and urges further action to roll back mandatory sentencing. Key findings from the report include: Black [...]

Safe & Just Michigan Summer 2020 edition – newsletter released

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

Michigan Voting Rights for Justice Involved People: August Primary

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 [...]

Implementation of Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration 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 first wave of legislation to implement those recommendations was released in June 2020. This first [...]