Prisons

Nessel awards $2M+ to wrongfully convicted Michiganders

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday afternoon that the state will award a total of $2.3 million to three men who spent time in...

Michigan prisons have undergone big reforms on Washington’s watch

Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Heidi Washington is the only carryover cabinet member from former Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. She is responsible for the...

Gov. issues 1st line-item veto in wrongful imprisonment bill, signs snow...

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two bills on Friday — one improving transparency in the state’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Fund in which she issued her...

AOC calls out private prison company opening Michigan immigration facility

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to Twitter Wednesday to slam a private prison company that plans to reopen a facility in Michigan that...
Gov. Whitmer signing an executive order

Plan to release ‘medically frail’ prisoners on its way to Whitmer

Legislation that could make it easier for elderly or “medically frail” prisoners to be released from prison early will soon be on its way...

Senate advances ‘raise the age’ criminal justice legislation

The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a package of bills that will prevent 17-year-olds from automatically being tried as adults and placed...

Whitmer, bipartisan officials, launch criminal justice reform taskforce

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing a new taskforce aimed at taking a comprehensive look at criminal justice reform initiatives...

AG forms investigative unit to examine wrongful criminal convictions

State Attorney General Dana Nessel on Wednesday announced a new Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) to investigate “credible” claims of innocence, according to a news...

11 drone sightings threaten Michigan prison security

Updated, 4:58 p.m. on March 20 Almost a dozen drones were sighted near or over state prisons between 2017 and 2018, according to information obtained...

Whitmer: Process ‘underway’ to ax marijuana convictions

As legalized, recreational marijuana takes hold in Michigan, forgiving the crimes of those convicted in the past remains a big priority for advocates. Expunging...

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