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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Pro-Voter Bills Introduced in Michigan House

Progress Michigan Applauds Introduction of Pro-Voter Bills  MICHIGAN – November 3, 2021, Michigan House Democrats introduced a pro-voter bill package that would protect voters’ voices and modernize our elections. Voting rights advocates are applauding these bills as a step in the right direction to expand access to the ballot. Lonnie Scott, executive director …

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 …

VAAC in the NEWS

An October 27th article on Mlive,com about a candidate forum taking place inside the Flint county jail highlights the report on jail voting by Nation Outside and VAAC. Read the report here! Jail inmates will hear from Genesee County candidates at Friday forum Updated: Oct. 27, 2021, 8:13 a.m. | …

Prison Gerrymandering Experts Provide Testimony to the MICRC

On October 24, 2021, Rory Kramer, PhD and Brianna Remster, PhD of Villanova University submitted written testimony to the Michigan Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission (MICRC) advocating against prison gerrymandering in Michigan. VAAC is very grateful to these scientists for their efforts on behalf of fair maps in Michigan. As social …

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.