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Black History Month: Leading the Fight for a Real Criminal Justice System

Black History Month: Leading the Fight for a Real Criminal Justice System

2019-02-07 00:00:00

For centuries, black people have endured the brutal violence of racism and shouldered the burden of leading the fight against it. This fight includes fixing our criminal legal system, which is racist at its core, and anything but fair. The nation falls far short of a real “criminal justice” system.

Michigan 'Youth in Prison' Bills to Rehab Juvenile Sentencing

Michigan 'Youth in Prison' Bills to Rehab Juvenile Sentencing

2016-02-15 00:00:00

Hopeful, promising change is in the works for children in Michigan's criminal justice system being sentenced as adults. Currently being vetted in the Michigan House of Representatives is the "Youth in Prison" bill package—a package of 21 bi-partisan bills, HB 4947-4966, aimed at keeping youth out of our adult criminal justice system.

In a conversation I had with State Rep. Harvey Santana (D), who is spearheading the legislative effort, he explained that Michigan is "one of nine states" that still tries to convict juveniles as adults.

Hope for Michigan Juveniles Condemned to Die Behind Bars

Hope for Michigan Juveniles Condemned to Die Behind Bars

2016-01-26 00:00:00

Matthew Bentley was 14 years old in 1997 when he broke into a house he thought was unoccupied. While rummaging for valuables, he was confronted by the owner. That's when Matthew shot and killed her with a gun he found in the house.

At the time of his crime, Matthew couldn't legally smoke, drive or join the military, but he would receive a mandatory adult sentence — life without the possibility of parole.

ACLU of Michigan Launches ‘Fair Justice, Smart Justice’ Project to Reduce State’s Prison Population, Increase Sentencing Alternatives

ACLU of Michigan Launches ‘Fair Justice, Smart Justice’ Project to Reduce State’s Prison Population, Increase Sentencing Alternatives

2016-01-15 00:00:00

LANSING--The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today announced the launch of a new project aimed at reducing the state’s incarceration rate, which is 31 percent higher than the Midwest average.

Through legislative advocacy and public education, the Fair Justice/Smart Justice Michigan campaign will focus on:

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LANSING--The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today announced the launch of a new project aimed at reducing the state’s incarceration rate, which is...
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