County Jail Candidate Forum Makes History

On July 20, 2022, the Genesee County Sheriffs Office (GCSO) made history by hosting the first ever mayoral candidate forum for people detained inside the jail. The event was organized through GCSO’s IGNITE program whose mission is to “eliminate generational incarceration through education, by restoring value, hope, and purpose to …

MI Coalition Spotlights Need for Jail-Based Voting Improvements

From Public News Service  Lily Bohlke, ProducerFriday, June 17, 2022    Jail-based Voting is needed. Voting-rights groups in Michigan are working to increase awareness about and access to voting in jails. In Michigan, anyone not serving a prison sentence is eligible to vote, although there are barriers often making it …

Genesee County to host upcoming OWI expungement resource fair May 4

(Excerpted From MLive-The Flint Journal) GENESEE COUNTY, MI – An upcoming event could give a second chance to people convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Genesee County. Several organizations have come together to sponsor the Genesee County OWI Expungement Resource Fair, giving people who have previously been convicted …

WLNS News Segment on Prison Gerrymandering Features VAAC’s Danny Jones

In December of 2021 when the Michigan Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission (MICRC) was deciding how to redraw the legislative district maps for Michigan, this story and video appeared on WLNS.com. It features an interview with VAAC’s Chairperson, Danny Jones. Watch it here or read the article below. Have you ever …

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 …

Voting in jail: Advocates work to make sure people in Michigan can cast a ballot

Thousands of people awaiting trial in Michigan’s jails have the right to vote, but for a long list of reasons never get their hands on ballots. A coalition of activist groups is making a concerted effort to remedy that. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/10/08/how-to-vote-from-jail/3571788001/