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Michigan Supreme Court order sends juvenile prison rape suit to trial

A class-action lawsuit against the state alleging that teenage prisoners’ civil rights were violated will proceed, after the state’s highest court declined to hear...

Wrongfully convicted, Catholic clergy probe funded in 2019 supplemental budget

The Michigan Senate approved a fiscal year 2019 supplemental budget Tuesday, including $10 million to replenish a fund that compensates the wrongfully convicted and...

Corley gets second chance to clear name after metro Detroit shooting

In Akira Kurosawa’s famous 1950 film Rashomon, a samurai is murdered in the forest. An unsuspecting woodcutter discovers his body — the samurai’s hands...

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...

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