For Immediate Release
September 18, 2019
Lawmakers continue bipartisan momentum for justice reform in Michigan
Michigan League for Public Policy supports new sentencing reform legislation
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement in support of new bipartisan sentencing reform legislation introduced this week. It can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“As an organization dedicated to promoting economic security and racial equity for all Michiganders, we know the importance of tackling criminal justice reforms and are pleased to see this bipartisan effort providing much-needed sentencing reform. Our current system adversely affects people of color and individuals with lower incomes, furthering inequity and impeding people’s opportunity for rehabilitation and redemption while hurting families, communities, local economies and the state budget in the process.
“At a time when partisan divides are dominating the headlines and threatening our state government, we are glad to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisle come together to support these bills along with raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, addressing civil forfeiture and bail reform, expanding the expungement process and other efforts. Our justice system should treat individuals fairly, independent of their income or skin color, and this package is another step in the right direction.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy began in 1912 as the Michigan Conference of Charities and Corrections, and criminal justice reform continues to be an important part of our mission focused on economic security and racial equity. The League has been a leading voice on the Raise the Age effort, which is still awaiting final compromise between the House and Senate. The League also continues to speak up for the needs of justice-involved Michigan residents when they are in the prison system as part of our state budget advocacy, and when they return to their communities as part of our Owner’s Manual for Michigan proactive agenda.
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.