Prison, People and How We Get Free

Michigan’s prisoners serve longer sentences, on average, than all other prisoners across the nation. They are living proof that extreme punishment doesn’t work. People serving life and long-term prison sentences are proven to age out of crime, but are trapped in a merciless system that doesn’t recognize growth. Meanwhile their families and communities suffer, robbed of vital connections and resources. Join a community teach-in on Saturday Nov 13th at Prospect Park in Ypsilanti, MI from 12:00 to 3:00 PM and hear from a group of former long-serving people and activists about prison, people and how we get free.

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Help Us Make #goodtrouble at MICRC on Friday 10/29/21

Over the past few months many VAAC members have attended MICRC meetings in person and remotely, and submitted many, many written comments. Thank you for the #good trouble you made!  During this final week of public testimony, a dozen+ VAAC members spoke out on behalf of VAAC and coalition partners about …

Nation Outside and VAAC Release First of Its Kind Jail Voting Report

People held in pretrial detention in Michigan have the right to vote but are routinely denied the basic help and access they need to cast a ballot. The findings of the report will be detailed at a press conference to be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the Genesee County Jail.

Detroit Free Press Covers VAAC Advocacy on Prison Gerrymandering

On October 2, 2021, the Detroit Free Press published an article by Miriam Marini with the headline “Advocates push for inmates to be counted at their home addresses as redistricting ensues.” The well-written article does a deep dive into the issue and quotes VAAC chairperson, Danny Jones, as well as …

Take Action: Use Your Voice to End Prison Gerrymandering

Prison gerrymandering is the practice of counting incarcerated people as residents of the county in which the prison is located, instead of counting them as residents of the city they come from. This practice conflates population counts in predominantly white, rural areas where prisons are located, thus providing access to …