Safe & Just Michigan Spring 2022 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>> Safe & Just Michigan Spring 2022 NEWSLETTER Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the SJM e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions. Note: Due to a [...]

Updated: Clean Slate FAQ Fact Sheet – February 15, 2022

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 [...]

Changing the Narrative on Criminal Justice: Michiganders Ready for Reform

Safe & Just Michigan's report, "Changing the Narrative on Criminal Justice: Michiganders Ready for Reform," explores public perceptions of the criminal justice system in Michigan and support for various proposed reforms. Between Feb. 25, 2020, and March 5, 2020, Emma White Research, contracted by Safe & Just Michigan, contacted 1,002 registered voters in Michigan, including [...]

Fact Sheet: Clean Slate for First-Violation DUI

While Michigan law allows for different variations of Operating While Intoxicated offenses, the most common offenses are for Driving/Operating Under the Influence (DUI/OWI) and Operating/Driving While Visibly Impaired (OWVI/DWVI). As seen below, Operating While Intoxicated offenses are generally prosecuted based on the amount of DUI’s an individual has accumulated to that point. • DUI-1st offense [...]

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 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 [...]

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.

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 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.

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.