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Partnering with crime survivors to stop the cycle of harm

Troy Rienstra, CAPPS outreach director (second from the right in the photograph), helped convene an August 21 training for organizations working to assist underserved crime survivors in the Detroit area. Aqeela Sherrills, national training director for the Alliance for Safety and Justice (far left in the photograph), provided an in-depth explanation of how crime survivors are [...]

2018-03-30T16:15:44-04:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|

Bill prohibits local governments from implementing “fair chance” policies

Currently, the Local Government Labor Regulatory Limitation Act prohibits local governments from maintaining policies that regulate the information an employer must request, require, or exclude from an application for employment. Senate Bill 353 (SB 353), introduced by Senator John Proos (R – District 21), amends the Act to allow local governments to adopt policies that [...]

2018-04-03T14:35:17-04:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Reentry, Topics|

MDOC budget approved by the Governor

The Governor signed the full budget, which outlines the 2018 fiscal year budget for the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), on July 14. The final budget is $17.5 million below the budget proposed by the Governor earlier this year.   According to Kyle Kaminski, MDOC legislative liaison, the final budget does not include the closure of prisons or [...]

Partnering with crime survivors to stop the cycle of harm

Troy Rienstra, CAPPS organizer, helped convene a July 1, 2017, training for organizations working to assist underserved crime survivors in the Grand Rapids area. Aqeela Sherrills, national training director for the Alliance for Safety and Justice, provided an in-depth explanation of how crime survivors are working to pursue policies that promote safer communities and help crime [...]

2018-04-03T14:43:55-04:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|

Bill will allow the MDOC to hire people with prior convictions

Currently, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is prohibited from hiring people with a prior conviction or pending charges. House Bill 4065 (HB 4065), introduced by Rep. David Pagel (R – District 78), removes the prohibition and requires the MDOC to establish a hiring policy for these individuals. The bill does not require the MDOC [...]

2018-03-30T16:18:29-04:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Reentry, Topics|

Crime survivors want investments in trauma services

On May 30, Rep. Klint Kesto (R-District 39), House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee chair, took testimony from crime survivors calling for investments in systems that help crime survivors heal and create safe communities.       Aswad Thomas provided powerful testimony about his experience as a crime survivor. He grew up playing basketball in Detroit. In [...]

2018-04-03T14:47:03-04:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|

The Detroit News Column: Focus on rehabilitation in prison

Column: Focus on rehabilitation in prison At the age of 10, I senselessly lost my best friend to gun violence. Even as an elementary school student, Reubin Elder represented something bigger to us. Reubin was a popular and straight-A student who tragically died in a random drive-by shooting in our Highland Park neighborhood. So much [...]

Business leaders call for reforms: We want to hire more parolees

On May 9, business leaders and representatives from two major business associations testified before House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee, at the invitation of the chair, Rep. Kesto (R – District 39). Cascade Engineering, Abcor Industries, Mercy/Trinity Health, Business Leaders for Michigan and Talent 2025 discussed the need to increase the available workforce and [...]

2018-04-03T14:49:50-04:00May 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Parole, Reentry, Topics|

MIRS article: Kesto eyes more jobs opportunities for ex-cons

Convicts leaving incarceration often have a difficult time re-entering the working world because, according to one survey, 65 percent of employers would never consider hiring someone with a felony record. And there are other barriers to employment. For instance, John SCHWARTZ of Trinity Health-Michigan told the story of one hospital employee who was arrested for a drunk driving [...]

2018-03-30T14:34:33-04:00May 15th, 2017|Categories: Media, Other, Publication author, Publication Type, Reentry, Resources, Topic, Topics|