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/

Formerly incarcerated people can vote in upcoming Michigan elections

This is an excellent Detroit Free Press article about voting rights for the formerly incarcerated and those awaiting trial. We urge everyone to register immediately and to apply for your absentee ballots immediately. Vote early if you can! Visit our Make Voting Easy page for easy information. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/08/02/michigan-election-2020-prison/5530003002/

How a Group of Lifers Cracked the Code of Prison Reform

National Lifers of America believes that inmates are the best people to advocate for other prisoners. Covid-19 is making that harder than ever. A look at a powerful movement from some of the most sealed-off people in the penal system. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/06/25/criminal-justice-prison-conditions-national-lifers-association-334021

New Michigan program will help people on parole get IDs upon release from prison

The Michigan Department of Corrections began a pilot program at four prisons which allows employment counselors to help obtain the documents, paperwork and photos required for an ID for people scheduled for parole to “remove a major barrier for people who have been incarcerated as they re-enter society.” https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/06/24/michigan-prison-release-id-program/3250108001/

White Paper by AFSC and Carceral State Project

A white paper written by American Friends Service Committee – Michigan Criminal Justice Program and Carceral State Project at the University of Michigan presents an evidence-based case for decarceration as the only humane and meaningful response to the COVID-19 pandemic in prison. It includes an overview of the relationship between prisons …