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MICHIGAN COLLABORATIVE TO END MASS INCARCERATION

a local collaborative of over 50 organizations and hundreds of individuals all working towards the same goals...

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Job Opportunities!

The ACLU of Michigan has four openings for full-time Field Organizers -

one in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Saginaw, and Grand Traverse.

 

We are seeking an innovative, organized, and dynamic individuals for these positions. Field Organizers will have responsibility for organizing and mobilizing a statewide infrastructure of advocates supportive of ACLU-MI issues and campaigns. Individuals with personal experience with the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Full job descriptions for each position and how to apply available here: http://www.aclumich.org/open-positions

 

Applications due by April 9.  

“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”

 

- DOROTHY DAY, social activist

Changing the Narrative: The Case for Commutations in Michigan

In support of MI-CEMI's  goal to encourage the governor to grant more commutations, The AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program (MCJP) held focus groups to collect the stories of men and women who served long time in Michigan’s prisons and are now out in the community, doing well and contributing to society.

Click on the icons to see each video!

The Big Picture

See the original video - a compilation of many stories - with commentary from MCJP's program director

The Stories

Hear more in depth stories about each person's journey

Add your story to the movement or join the Good Neighbor Project to become a catalyst for change for someone in prison! Contact Korbin Felder dfelder@afsc.org to to find out more

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GUIDING DOCUMENTS

OUR VISION

  THE PROBLEM  

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  IMPROVEMENT  

  FUNDING  

  GOALS  

 

OUR VISION

  THE PROBLEM  

Michigan’s prisons and jails contribute to the larger problem of mass incarceration in the United States. 

Our prison population has grown to nearly 43,000 people and we spend over 20% of the state’s General Fund on prisons—more than 2 billion dollars per year.  In addition to a bulging prison system, many of Michigan’s 82 county jails are at or over-capacity.  Poor communities and communities of color—specifically Black men—are disproportionately represented in prisons and jails.  Due to a drought of community mental health treatment, jails have become holding stations for people with mental illness and drug use issues.  Michigan also sends youth into the adult system. This reliance on excessive punitive responses to community problems is creating undue burdens on families of incarcerated persons, hardships for people returning to the free-world from prisons and jails, and further trauma for all people impacted by prisons and jails, especially for people with serious and persistent mental illness.

 In Michigan there are 6.7 Black men in prison to every 1 White man.

People returning to their communities from prison and jail in Michigan face incredible obstacles in finding jobs and housing.

In the United States, over 54% of people in prison have children under 18

20,291

The number of Michigan youth 17 and under that were sent to adult prisons or adult probation programs in the past decade.   

People with mental illness are more likely to get caught in the prison and jail systems in Michigan—20 % of people in Michigan's prisons have a mental illness.

  WORKING TOGETHER  

With large numbers of people committed to working on ending mass incarceration in Michigan we can make a difference. The Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration is dedicated to leveraging individual and organizational power to reduce our prison and jail populations in this state. 

 

MI-CEMI members meet regularly to coordinate efforts, connect to national movements that are addressing systemic inequality and mass incarceration, mobilize people on the ground, and share their areas of expertise.

  AREAS OF FOCUS  

We are working together to:

  • Reduce the number of persons entering jail and prison

  • Reduce the length of stay when persons are imprisoned

  • Ensure conditions of confinement that are conducive to genuine rehabilitation 

  • Increase the number of persons who are safely released from jail and prison facilities

  • Adequately prepare and support those who are released from incarceration for success

  • Reduce the “stigma” that prevents many formerly incarcerated persons from securing housing and employment

  • Reinvest any savings from reductions in incarceration back into the most impacted communities

 

 MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS 

Click on the names to access organization websites!

Michigan United

Michigan Women's Justice and Clemency Project

Moorish Science Temple of America #4

Mothers & Conscious Kings - Alger

NAACP #3218 Kinross

Nation Outside

National Association of Social Workers - Michigan                Chapter

National Lifers of America - Chippewa

National Lifers of American - # 1024 Cotton

National Lifers of America - # 1010 Kinross

National Lifers of America - # 3218 Kinross

National Lifers of America - #1013 Lakeland

National Lifers of America - #1014 Huron Valley

National Lifers of America - Gus Harrison

National Lifers of America - # 1023 Muskegon

New Paths

One Love Global

Our Life Line Incorporated

Prisoners in Christ at Church of the Servant

Prophetic Integrity Team - Michigan Conference UCC

Peace & Social Concerns Committee, Ann Arbor                 Friends Meeting (Quakers)

Public Action Committee for Justice

Safe and Just Michigan

SE Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran                    Church of America

Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist          Church of Greater Lansing

Social Justice Council - First UU Congregation of A2

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan

U.C.C. Dreams of Justice

Woodside Church

 

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MEMBERSHIP

Like our resolution states, members can be criminal justice advocacy 501(c)3 non-profit/educational organizations, associations or grassroots groups. Or, they can be individuals who are interested in criminal justice reform! Signing the resolution does not make you obligated to attend meetings or volunteer. It simply means you support our goals! Similarly, you may become a member by attending meetings or volunteering without signing the resolution. Do what's best for you!

  • Diversion 

  • Conditions of Confinement

  • Length of Stay

  • Re-entry

 

Check out a fuller description of

our work groups under the

"Our Work" tab!

 OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS 

  • May attend our bi-monthly general meetings as a representative for an organization

  • May get involved with one of our work groups 

  • Members and non-members alike can volunteer with one of our member organizations

  • Get updates on the work of all our member organizations and spread the word about our efforts!

  • Spread the word about MI-CEMI! Check out the "Promotion" page for more resources. 

  WORK GROUPS  

 

"Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings." 

 

- Angela Davis, social activist

 
 

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CONTACT

Like our resolution states, members can be criminal justice advocacy 501(c)3 non-profit/educational organizations, associations or grassroots groups. Or, they can be individuals who are interested in criminal justice reform! You can send your signature page to the address below, or join electronically by filling out the form below. Signing the resolution does not make you obligated to attend meetings or volunteer. It simply means you support our goals! Similarly, you may become a member and attend meetings or volunteer without signing the resolution. Do what's best for you!

Stay up to date on everything MI-CEMI! We send out email reminders about our bimonthly general meetings and criminal justice related events in the area! When you first sign up, make sure to CHECK YOUR SPAM folder. Our updates are sent through MailChimp and can sometimes get filtered out of regular inboxes. Let your email know we are not spam!

Donations from organizations and individuals are crucial to our operation! Click on the link to our sponsorship form below to learn how to donate!

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