SJM Testimony in support of Senate Bill 599 – Justin Counts

On June 18, 2024, Justin Counts, former Safe & Just Michigan development fellow, provided written testimony to the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of SB 599. Parole for medically frail people allows MDOC to (1) focus on its core functions (instead of complex health care needs), (2) transition medically frail people into more appropriate [...]

Medical Co-Pays in Prison Fact Sheet

There are a variety of health-related costs that incarcerated Michiganders are subjected to. Co-pays for medical, dental, and optometrical visits are just one type of cost. Health care co-pays in prison have two purposes: to decrease the cost of health care and to disincentivize the overuse of healthcare services. In actuality, co-pays are exploitive, counterproductive, [...]

Ronnie Waters Testimony at Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee

Ronnie Waters, Safe & Just Michigan's community engagement specialist, provided testimony of Safe & Just Michigan in support of Senate Bills 119-123 at the Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on April 20, 2023. Download>> Ronnie Waters Written Testimony Senate Bill 119_123

2023-04-20T16:31:28-04:00April 20th, 2023|Categories: 2023 - 2024, Juveniles, Lifers, Publication Type, Testimony, Topic, Topics|

Bailing on Cash Bail

For those who don’t have money, they are stuck in jail, trying to fight their case and hold their lives together with a crazy glue made out of incapacitation, restricted access to a telephone, and the wreckage of whatever was left behind. - Joshua Hoe Getting arrested and going to jail turns your entire [...]

2021-02-25T13:27:53-05:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Lifers, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Parole, Sentencing, Topics, Trauma|

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. [...]

Leader of JustLeadershipUSA to speak at SJM’s annual dinner meeting

Safe & Just Michigan is proud to announce that DeAnna R. Hoskins, the president and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA, will be our featured speaker at this year’s Annual Dinner Meeting. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, starting at 5:30 p.m, hosted at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. Under DeAnna’s guidance, JustLeadershipUSA [...]

2019-06-13T14:39:32-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Reentry, Topics|

Safe & Just Michigan’s written testimony on medically frail parole bill (HB 4129 – 30 & 4132)

On March 5, 2019 Executive Director John S. Cooper submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill (HB) 4129 - 30 & 4132.  Safe & Just Michigan has long supported creating a special parole for medically frail incarcerated people. HB  4129 ­‐ 30  &  4132  propose  an  important  first  step [...]

2019-03-06T09:33:48-05:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: 2019 - 2020, Legislation, Legislative Session, Topics|