Trump First Step Act: Huge Step in Criminal Justice System

I wanted to share some recent news from the Trump Administration that recently declared April to be "First Step Act" month. If you are not familiar with the first step act, it is an act that focuses on cutting prison sentencing times shorter for thousands of federal inmates. Moreover, this act is intended to reduce recidivism rates by relaxing the three strike rule, expands job training for ex-convicts, and increases good time credits. This act changes the way we approach non-violent offenders, giving them a chance to succeed in rehabilitation programs and re-entry into normal life.

Michigan's Crime Ranking

Upon doing research for another post, I found some startling facts regarding crime in the state of Michigan. Currently, Michigan is ranked number thirty-three out of all states for crime and corrections. Michigan has a 123.2 per 100,000 juvenile incarceration rates whereas the national average is 99.8. The incarceration rate is 429.8 per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 404.5. Finally, the violent crime rate is 459 per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 386.3.

Youth in Adult Prisons

I recently read Bryan Stevenson's book "Just Mercy", which I thought was an incredible and important book. In this book, Stevenson talks about the abuse and asault that youth are often subjected to when they are kept in adult jails and prisons. I was shocked by the graphic abuses these youth face. I wondered how that issue was being handled modernly, and came across this article about the work a Senator is doing to get youth out of adult prisons and jails in Texas.

Zero Tolerance Policies

I recently read an interesting article about zero tolerance policies, and the racial biases that these often times include, despite their goals being just the opposite. The article notes how these policies more often than not contribute greatly to the 'school-to-prison pipeline'. I have never thought that these policies would contribute so negatively. I wonder what solutions you all think may be best, and whether or not these policies should be done away with all together.

Media Artifact for Proposal Project: Incarcerated Youth Literacy Project

Hi all,

I recently made my media artifact, a website, published to the public. I have informed a lot of my proposal and solutions thus far with the wonderful discussions we have had in this group. I thought I might post it here, so that you all could give feedback if you feel so inclined. I also think it could act as a nice conversation starter for a discussion on how many of the issues we have had discourse about in this group intersect. Thanks!

 

Education for Incarcerated Youth

Some of the other discussions in this group reminded me of a startling article I read some time ago, which I have used as a "spring board" for informing my intended policy proposal. This article offers some concerning data and information about the dismal quality of the education provided to incarcerated youth in the state of Michigan.

Town Hall Meeting Reflection

I am not exactly sure that this fits into this category but after attending the town hall meeting regarding the re-vitalization of Detroit I am intrigued by how businesses are offering those positions to join the workforce. Given that within the last 10 years, Detroit was a terrible place to live and work, filled with a lot of crime, those who were convicted and incarcerated are having a huge problem re-joining the workforce. Just by sitting there today I learned that 1 and 3 people in Detroit does not have a job.

Trump First Step Act: Huge Step in Criminal Justice System

I wanted to share some recent news from the Trump Administration that recently declared April to be "First Step Act" month. If you are not familiar with the first step act, it is an act that focuses on cutting prison sentencing times shorter for thousands of federal inmates. Moreover, this act is intended to reduce recidivism rates by relaxing the three strike rule, expands job training for ex-convicts, and increases good time credits. This act changes the way we approach non-violent offenders, giving them a chance to succeed in rehabilitation programs and re-entry into normal life.

Michigan's Crime Ranking

Upon doing research for another post, I found some startling facts regarding crime in the state of Michigan. Currently, Michigan is ranked number thirty-three out of all states for crime and corrections. Michigan has a 123.2 per 100,000 juvenile incarceration rates whereas the national average is 99.8. The incarceration rate is 429.8 per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 404.5. Finally, the violent crime rate is 459 per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 386.3.

Youth in Adult Prisons

I recently read Bryan Stevenson's book "Just Mercy", which I thought was an incredible and important book. In this book, Stevenson talks about the abuse and asault that youth are often subjected to when they are kept in adult jails and prisons. I was shocked by the graphic abuses these youth face. I wondered how that issue was being handled modernly, and came across this article about the work a Senator is doing to get youth out of adult prisons and jails in Texas.

Zero Tolerance Policies

I recently read an interesting article about zero tolerance policies, and the racial biases that these often times include, despite their goals being just the opposite. The article notes how these policies more often than not contribute greatly to the 'school-to-prison pipeline'. I have never thought that these policies would contribute so negatively. I wonder what solutions you all think may be best, and whether or not these policies should be done away with all together.

Media Artifact for Proposal Project: Incarcerated Youth Literacy Project

Hi all,

I recently made my media artifact, a website, published to the public. I have informed a lot of my proposal and solutions thus far with the wonderful discussions we have had in this group. I thought I might post it here, so that you all could give feedback if you feel so inclined. I also think it could act as a nice conversation starter for a discussion on how many of the issues we have had discourse about in this group intersect. Thanks!

 

Education for Incarcerated Youth

Some of the other discussions in this group reminded me of a startling article I read some time ago, which I have used as a "spring board" for informing my intended policy proposal. This article offers some concerning data and information about the dismal quality of the education provided to incarcerated youth in the state of Michigan.

Town Hall Meeting Reflection

I am not exactly sure that this fits into this category but after attending the town hall meeting regarding the re-vitalization of Detroit I am intrigued by how businesses are offering those positions to join the workforce. Given that within the last 10 years, Detroit was a terrible place to live and work, filled with a lot of crime, those who were convicted and incarcerated are having a huge problem re-joining the workforce. Just by sitting there today I learned that 1 and 3 people in Detroit does not have a job.

Ban the Box

After reading another post in this group by John, I was reminded of the "Ban the Box" movement, largely based off of the research of a professor at the University. The goals of this movement is to remove the "box" on many job applications that ask about prior convictions. Having to specify this has been known to make it far more difficult for the formerly convicted and incarcerated to find work and reassimilate. In recent news, Colorado has joined the movement in terms of passing Ban the Box legislation.

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