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Poverty task force wants Michigan to cut red tape for safety...

To better support the millions of Michiganders struggling to make ends meet, the state should expand apprenticeship opportunities for inmates while they are incarcerated,...

Prisoners should be a priority for COVID vaccinations, advocates say 

A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to increase its COVID-19...

At pro-Trump rally, militia leader claims accused Whitmer plotters are ‘not...

Phil Robinson, leader of the Michigan Liberty Militia, said Wednesday at a pro-President Trump rally at the state Capitol that the men accused in...

Whitmer grants clemency to 4 prisoners

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that she is granting clemency to four Michigan prisoners who were incarcerated for nonviolent and drug-related crimes. “As a former...

Legislature makes progress on more bipartisan criminal justice reforms

A bipartisan bill package that would revise current laws dealing with low-level crimes, youth crimes and probation passed through the Senate Thursday. This was...

Alex Rossman: It’s been a winning week for criminal justice reform

Last fall, I wrote a column about the mixed emotions of being a Detroit Lions fan and a criminal justice reform advocate. A lot...

What’s in Michigan’s $62.8B budget? Here’s what we know.

Updated, 9:40 a.m., 9/24/20 Michigan leaders are close to nailing down a $62.8 billion state budget plan for Fiscal Year 2021, as legislators released details...

Report criticizes prisons nationwide over COVID-19, Michigan DOC touts testing, PPE

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative has graded Michigan’s response to the state’s COVID-19 outbreak as a “D-,” although all other states...

Michigan eases visitation restrictions for long-term care, juvenile detention centers

After implementing restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, Michigan is expanding visitation policies in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, juvenile detention facilities...

State agencies partner on returning citizen initiative

The Michigan Department of State (DOS) and the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) this week announced a joint initiative to help those released from...

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