Prisons

Whitmer grants clemency to 4 prisoners

BY: - December 23, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that she is granting clemency to four Michigan prisoners who were incarcerated for nonviolent and drug-related crimes. “As a former prosecutor, I recognize how critical it is to take steps toward a smarter and more equitable justice system. Over the last two years, we’ve worked with leaders on both sides […]

Legislature makes progress on more bipartisan criminal justice reforms

BY: - December 3, 2020

A bipartisan bill package that would revise current laws dealing with low-level crimes, youth crimes and probation passed through the Senate Thursday. This was the first day the upper chamber was in session since the Legislature’s annual hunting break in November. Senate Bill 1046, introduced by Sen. Roger Victory (R-Georgetown Twp.), would revise a law […]

COMMENTARY

Alex Rossman: It’s been a winning week for criminal justice reform

BY: - September 25, 2020

Last fall, I wrote a column about the mixed emotions of being a Detroit Lions fan and a criminal justice reform advocate. A lot — I mean, a lot —has changed since then, but two things have not: The Detroit Lions are still losing and criminal justice is still winning.  Getting Michigan to raise the […]

What’s in Michigan’s $62.8B budget? Here’s what we know.

BY: and - September 23, 2020

Updated, 9:40 a.m., 9/24/20 Michigan leaders are close to nailing down a $62.8 billion state budget plan for Fiscal Year 2021, as legislators released details Wednesday and started to approve bills. After staring down a May fiscal forecast for billions in lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most lawmakers sounded an optimistic tone. Thanks […]

Report criticizes prisons nationwide over COVID-19, Michigan DOC touts testing, PPE

BY: - July 13, 2020

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative has graded Michigan’s response to the state’s COVID-19 outbreak as a “D-,” although all other states besides Tennessee are ranked even lower than Michigan. The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) is pushing back hard against the report. A spokesperson says a good score would be virtually impossible […]

Michigan eases visitation restrictions for long-term care, juvenile detention centers

BY: - July 1, 2020

After implementing restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, Michigan is expanding visitation policies in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, juvenile detention facilities and hospice centers, but stays vigilant on requiring safety protocols.  “It’s been very difficult for residents of these facilities to be unable to see their loved ones during the pandemic,” Michigan […]

State agencies partner on returning citizen initiative

BY: - June 25, 2020

The Michigan Department of State (DOS) and the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) this week announced a joint initiative to help those released from prison with a driver license or state ID. “For formerly incarcerated individuals, obtaining ID is one of the biggest obstacles they face, and it’s also the first hurdle they have to […]

COMMENTARY

Gilda Z. Jacobs: Protests can be a catalyst for racial justice and equity

BY: - June 6, 2020

The Michigan League for Public Policy has fought against injustice since we were founded in 1912, and right now is one of the most pivotal moments in that time span.  At the League, we want to acknowledge the real pain and suffering that is occurring across the country right now, particularly for Black people. While […]

Baldwin prison confirms 1st inmate COVID-19 death

BY: - June 1, 2020

North Lake Correctional Facility, the private, for-profit immigrant prison in rural Baldwin that has been plagued by hunger strikes and other controversies in the eight months since it opened, has confirmed its first inmate death due to COVID-19. The death appeared on the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) website on Friday. A spokesperson for GEO […]

Michigan reports more than 57K COVID-19 cases, 5,516 deaths

BY: - June 1, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Monday that 57,532 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,516 have died from the virus — an additional 135 cases and 25 deaths since Sunday. The outbreak has reached all but four of Michigan’s 83 counties. The city of Detroit, which is the only […]

COMMENTARY

Ken Coleman: Use your passion in your backyard. Detroiters got Detroit covered.

BY: - June 1, 2020

I covered last Friday’s George Floyd killing protest in downtown Detroit and was struck by the number of men and women who attended.  I saw Detroit activists with whom I am very familiar. I saw Detroit City Council Member Mary Sheffield and Detroit Board of Police Commission Member Willie Burton, two elected officials who represent […]

Michigan reports more than 56K COVID-19 cases, 5,372 deaths

BY: - May 28, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Thursday that 56,014 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,372 have died from the virus — an additional 406 cases and 38 deaths since Wednesday. The outbreak has reached all but four of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state also notes that 17 of Thursday’s […]