A Brighter Way Hosts Inaugural Returned Citizens Resource Fair

A Brighter Way helps formerly incarcerated individuals living in Washtenaw County build a stable, successful and fulfilling life. Through support, returning citizens are able to forge strong relationships with mentoring teams, community resources and committed advocates to help create a richer community, reduced recidivism and increased public safety. Learn more …

VAAC Jail Voting Efforts Featured in Detroit Free Press

A fantastic story about VAAC’s work was published in the Detroit Free Press on September 28th, 2022. There is also a video accompanying the article. Click this link if you have a subscription, or read the story below.We are so proud of the VAAC members mentioned in the article and …

Early Voting Begins in Michigan on September 29th!

It’s happening! Absentee ballots must be available to voters starting today (September 29). Those who would like to vote before Election Day in person (via absentee ballot) may do so starting Friday, 9/29/2022 at their city or township clerk’s office. And those who have already requested an absentee ballot should …

MI-CEMI Voter Engagement Tool Kit Available

In June, 2022, The Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration (MI-CEMI) published a Voter Engagement Toolkit: Educating Voters and Candidates About Ending Mass Incarceration and Promoting Public Safety, Even though the 2022 general elections will soon be here, we thought we should remind our partners about this valuable resource for …

MDOC Announces Closings Amid Declining Prisoner Population

MDOC issued the following press release on September 7th, 2022: Due to the declining prisoner population, the Michigan Department of Corrections announced today the consolidation of the south side of the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian and that Michigan Reformatory in Ionia will cease operations in November. Given the …