Author Archive for: ‘CAPPS’

A call for meaningful treatment and services for the mentally ill
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A call for meaningful treatment and services for the mentally ill

On July 31, veteran service, health, and law enforcement professionals testified before the C.A.R.E.S. Task Force at the Livingston County EMS building in Howell. The presenters outlined a variety of recommendations including specialized services, improved cross-system communication, and increased access to services. Testimony emphasized the need to reduce the involvement of people with mental health […]

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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 outreach director (second from the right in the photograph), helped convene an August 21 training for organizations working to assist underserved crime survivors in the Detroit area. Aqeela Sherrills, national training director for the Alliance for Safety and Justice (far left in the photograph), provided an in-depth explanation of how crime survivors are […]

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2017 Annual Membership meeting features Pulitzer Prize winner
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2017 Annual Membership meeting features Pulitzer Prize winner

Please save Thursday, November 2, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm for the CAPPS Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner at the Raddison Hotel in downtown Lansing!  The evening includes: A keynote by 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy […]

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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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  • on July 19, 2017 -

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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