The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

BY: - June 21, 2022

This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence.  “It was on a […]

Florida gave voting rights to people with felony convictions. Now some face charges for voting.

BY: - May 2, 2022

Florida authorities arrested a Black man while he was staying in a homeless shelter and charged him with voting illegally in a case tied to Republicans’ drive to root out election fraud. But Kelvin Bolton’s arrest raises questions about the rollout of Amendment 4, passed by Florida voters in 2018 to restore voting rights to […]

On this day in 1952: Inmates revolt at Jackson prison 

BY: - April 20, 2022

On April 20, 1952, an inmate mutiny took place at the State Prison of Southern Michigan commonly known as Jackson Prison. About 200 prisoners were protesting what they described as physical abuse from corrections officers. The mutiny incident lasted for five days, resulting in $2.5 million damage to the institution. On May 1, 1952, Gov. […]

At Michigan’s only all-women prison, reimagining a ‘hostile situation’

BY: - March 23, 2022

“There are only two things that can happen once you go to prison,” Lawanda Hollister said. “You are either going to die there, or you’re going to get out.” Hollister, who spent 34 years at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility before being released on May 8, 2020, was determined not to die there. No […]

In Michigan, accomplices to accidental killings can serve life sentences. Advocates want reforms.

BY: - March 23, 2022

Faced with life imprisonment for felony murder, some 1,000 incarcerated Michiganders do not have the possibility of parole — even if they did not cause the death that gave them a life sentence. A new national report released Wednesday shines light on this phenomenon and demonstrates how the charge of felony murder often leads to […]

GOP attorney general hopefuls seek to overturn landmark contraception law, want election ‘audit’

BY: - February 20, 2022

It may have been the last question of last week’s debate for the three men seeking the GOP nomination for Michigan attorney general, but the inquiry seeking their stances on a 1965 Supreme Court ruling has garnered the most attention.  The question concerned the high court’s decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, a landmark decision that […]

1/3 of Michigan inmates have been boosted against COVID-19

BY: - January 12, 2022

Michigan is one of just four states to publicly disclose how many of its 32,000 state inmates are receiving COVID-19 booster shots, a national report has found. About one-third of prisoners have gotten a booster dose so far. The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) is also one of just 22 of the country’s state correctional […]

On this day in 1971: Ann Arbor rally held for ‘political prisoner’ John Sinclair 

BY: - December 10, 2021

For John Sinclair, the Dec. 10, 1971, rally to support his release from state prison was a seminal event in his life.  It was there that an enthusiastic crowd of more than 15,000 packed Crisler Arena on the University of Michigan campus to protest his conviction for marijuana possession. For months, people had been chanting […]

Half of those in jail can’t afford bail, but bipartisan bills aim to fix that

BY: - November 17, 2021

Half of Michiganders sitting in jail are there because they cannot afford bail, not because they have been convicted of a crime, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP).  But a bipartisan package of bail reform bills making their way through the Michigan House of Representatives could fix […]


Alex Rossman: A personal perspective for policy action on youth justice

BY: - October 25, 2021

I had my first formal interaction with the police when I was 14 and got caught for a particularly extensive and expensive act of vandalism. The incident was thankfully settled out of court, and while I was ordered to pay restitution, I was able to stay out of the juvenile justice system.  At the time, […]

Pregnant people in prison have been shackled while giving birth. Whitmer plans to change that.

BY: - October 20, 2021

When Siwatu-Salama Ra received the news yesterday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a policy directive meant to overhaul the way pregnant people in prison are treated, she was in the hospital watching her 3-year-old son struggle to breathe. “He’s being so strong in the hospital now, and I remember him as a baby who, at […]

Sexual assault survivors urge lawmakers to revise statute of limitations, govt. immunity laws 

BY: - October 6, 2021

Survivors of sexual abuse from two former university doctors want the Legislature to reform laws regarding sexual assault.  Dr. Robert Anderson was the former head of the University Health Service and a physician for the University of Michigan Athletic Department for 35 years. He died in 2008. Hundreds of former patients have since come forward […]