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 […]

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 […]

‘All lives matter’: Activists want more prisoners freed as COVID-19 spreads

BY: - April 12, 2020

Updated, 11:16 a.m., 4/13/20 COVID-19 has found its way into the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC), impacting staff and incarcerated individuals alike. There have been 391 confirmed prisoner cases and nine deaths as of Saturday, as well 154 staff cases and two deaths. Now criminal justice activists are calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to up her […]

State halts prison, juvenile justice facility visits indefinitely amid coronavirus outbreak

BY: - March 14, 2020

In-person visits at Michigan’s prisons were discontinued Friday until further notice — and as of Saturday, that new policy extends to juvenile correctional facilities and care facilities, as well. The prison visit protocols were announced by the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) Friday over concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new […]

State to pay $80M settlement in juvenile prison rape case

BY: - February 27, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Heidi Washington announced Thursday that they are filing a settlement document in the Doe et al. vs. Michigan Department of Corrections case. The case, filed in 2013 on behalf of 1,300 youthful prisoners, pertains to juveniles alleging that they were victims of […]


Alex Rossman: Raise the Age is a criminal justice reform win for the ages

BY: - November 1, 2019

As a progressive and a Detroit Lions fan, winning is a pretty foreign feeling for me. Even when it does happen, like it did this month with the long-awaited passage of the Raise the Age juvenile justice reform, it’s pretty surreal.  Winning is also a little unsettling, as I assume something will go awry at […]

Senate panel passes bipartisan compromise on ‘Raise the Age’ legislation

BY: - October 10, 2019

Michigan’s “Raise the Age” campaign scored big Thursday morning, as a Senate committee unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that will raise the age limit for an offender to be tried as a juvenile to 18 years old. Michigan is one of just five outlier states — along with Missouri, Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin — which regards […]