Prisons

Here’s the surprising way Michigan is tracking COVID-19 cases in prisons

Those who have been regularly tuning in to Michigan’s daily statewide tally of COVID-19 cases and deaths know the drill by now: Around 3...

‘Much worse than a cruise ship’: Prisoners’ lives at risk from...

WASHINGTON — More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States. That’s more people than there are living in major U.S. cities like Phoenix...

Whitmer signs order protecting prisoners, allows some released early during COVID-19...

After the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) reported 77 cases of COVID-19 within correctional facilities as of Sunday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an executive...

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

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...

New bills ban shackling pregnant people in prison

Updated, 6:52 a.m., 3/17/20, with comments from the Department of Corrrections Under newly introduced legislation, an employee of a correctional facility would not be permitted...

Report: SE Michigan govts. commit ‘highway robbery’ against Detroit drivers

Attorney Geoffrey Leonard recalls meeting with two African-American Detroit clients who had been ticketed for running through an Allen Park stop sign, which was...

Coronavirus now a pandemic, causes Michigan school closures

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now appeared in Michigan and is already having a significant impact on day-to-day life. This comes as the World Health...

Whitmer signs wrongful imprisonment bills into law

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a flurry of bills into law on Tuesday. Among those are three bipartisan pieces of legislation related to compensation for...

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

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Heidi Washington announced Thursday that they are filing a settlement document...

Column: After economic and criminal justice wins, here’s what Michigan leaders...

What a difference a year makes. This time last winter, Michigan was enduring a historic cold snap. And we were coming off of a...

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