Join us on April 20th as we Rally4GoodTime at the Michigan Capitol Lawn!
Let your lawmakers know you support Good Time!
100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
Michigan is one of only two states in the union which observes 100% Truth In Sentencing (TIS)
TIS is a policy that prevents incarcerated people from relieving any length of their sentence through good behavior, vocational training, programs, or educational opportunities. This means that no matter how a person engages with officially-sponsored opportunities during their time inside, they will serve the same minimum sentences they were originally given.
Together, sentencing guidelines and judicial practices mean people serving time in Michigan will serve prison sentences that are, on average, 40% longer than others across the country. This results in people serving 110% of their time.
Currently, TIS creates a situation where people in prison feel they have “nothing to lose.” It drives up drug use, suicides, and disciplinary infractions. It exacerbates feelings of hopelessness and despondency. It is dangerous to both the people who live in prison and the people who work there.
It’s Time To Bring Back Good Time
Good Time is an initiative that allows people to earn time off their sentence, rewards good behavior and program participation, and makes a safer, more purposeful prison environment. It supports rehabilitation and reduces recidivism, and will bring Michigan up to speed with the rest of the country in terms of progress and opportunities.
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Also every Friday Voting Access For All Coalition holds a community coalition meeting via zoom where community organizations and groups doing this work meet to discuss and information surrounding issues related to criminal legal reform— including jail voting, Second Look legislation, Good Time, and other crucial work happening across the state . If you are interested in learning more, getting involved, and/or joining us Friday at 12:30 p.m.— please let us know and we can forward you the zoom link.
This event was sponsored by Michigan Justice advocacy. Contact them at [email protected] for next steps.