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SJM Report: Do Michigan’s Sentencing Guidelines Meet the Legislature’s Goals? A Historical and Empirical Analysis of Prison Terms for Life-Maximum Offenses

Do Michigan’s Sentencing Guidelines Meet the Legislature’s Goals? A Historical and Empirical Analysis of Prison Terms for Life-Maximum Offenses by Barbara Levine, J.D., Anne Mahar, Ph.D., and Justin Smith, Ph.D.   Among the key goals of Michigan’s sentencing guidelines are ensuring that: 1) sentences are proportional to the offense and the offender and 2) similar [...]

Safe & Just Michigan Fall 2021 edition – newsletter released

Safe & Just Michigan sends this quarterly newsletter to approximately 540 incarcerated readers at the Michigan Department of Corrections. The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities. Download>> FALL 2021 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 [...]

Updated: Clean Slate FAQ Fact Sheet – July 6, 2021

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 [...]

Safe & Just Michigan Spring 2021 edition – newsletter released

Safe & Just Michigan sends this quarterly newsletter to approximately 540 incarcerated readers at the Michigan Department of Corrections. The newsletter reports on policy updates, outreach and educational activities. Download>> SPRING 2021 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 [...]

Updated: Clean Slate FAQ Fact Sheet – April 7, 2021

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 [...]

Second Update: 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 [...]

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 [...]

Coalition letter to Governor Whitmer and MDHHS urging vaccinations for incarcerated people

On January 13, 2021, Safe & Just Michigan joined a coalition of civil rights organizations that sent a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon. The letter urges the state to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for incarcerated people. Read the ACLU of Michigan's press release HERE. Download>> [...]

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 [...]