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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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The Detroit News Column: Focus on rehabilitation in prison
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  • on May 31, 2017 -

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 […]

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

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MDOC supports Safe and Smart Parole Reform, releasing elderly prisoners
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MDOC supports Safe and Smart Parole Reform, releasing elderly prisoners

How to cut corrections, by Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio on May 19, 2017 Six years ago, the superintendent of a small and struggling school district in Gratiot County wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter to Governor Rick Snyder asking that his school be declared a prison. “The State of Michigan spends annually somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 […]

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Barbara Levine, associate director, featured on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson
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Barbara Levine, associate director, featured on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

How Personal Data and Algorithms Send People to Prison How much control do we give data and algorithms over our lives? Should they be able to determine how long an inmate stays behind bars? These questions are at the heart of a recent New York Times article on a state supreme court case in Wisconsin, wherein […]

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

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Gongwer article: Business leaders praise Vocational Village, ask for other changes
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Gongwer article: Business leaders praise Vocational Village, ask for other changes

Business leaders from around the state seeking to hire those being released from prison or jail praised the Vocational Village program in Ionia in a House committee this week and asked for more changes in the state’s criminal justice policies to remove barriers to hiring former prisoners. The House Law and Justice Committee has been […]

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