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CAPPS UPDATE – July 2017 newsletter released!
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CAPPS UPDATE – July 2017 newsletter released!

Download the most recent CAPPS Update July 2017 newsletter by clicking here. The newsletter reports on the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee hearings, hosted April through June 2017, on “safe and secure rehabilitation” and criminal justice reform. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the CAPPS e-newsletter on the latest legislative actions.

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Bill prohibits local governments from implementing “fair chance” policies
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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 […]

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MDOC budget approved by the Governor
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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 […]

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A Blueprint for Shared Safety: Working together to build safety for all
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A Blueprint for Shared Safety: Working together to build safety for all

In June 2017, the Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) released a publication titled, Blueprint for Shared Safety. The Blueprint is based on a year of research and evaluation of its own and others’ successes in putting crime survivors and public safety at the center of their work. The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), CAPPS’s partner, is […]

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Partnering with crime survivors to stop the cycle of harm
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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 […]

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A Matter of Time: Urban Institute’s new interactive website
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A Matter of Time: Urban Institute’s new interactive website

On July 13, 2017, Urban Institute released a new study called, A Matter of Time: The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America’s Prisons. The project, funded by Open Society Foundations, provides state-by-state analysis of prison population demographics and length of time served. This new resource features audio recordings that highlight expertise and personal insights from […]

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Bill will allow the MDOC to hire people with prior convictions
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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 […]

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AFSC testifies about seriously and persistently mentally ill in prison
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AFSC testifies about seriously and persistently mentally ill in prison

On June 6, Natalie Holbrook, program director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program, provided recommendations to House Law and Justice Committee members about the difficulty in reducing the number of mentally ill prisoners in prison.  The AFSC focuses on reducing Michigan’s prison population through individual advocacy and casework with prisoners building […]

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Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on how to reduce the number of mentally ill in prisons
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Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on how to reduce the number of mentally ill in prisons

On May 23, the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee, heard testimony on how to reduce the number of mentally ill in prison. Judge Milton L. Mack, Jr., state court administrator, State Court Administrative Office, offered recommendations to improve the mental health system. Mack began his testimony by stressing that mental illness is treatable, […]

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Crime survivors want investments in trauma services
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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 […]

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