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Why Eastpointe, Michigan, Looks So Much Like Ferguson, Missouri

November 02, 2015
The ACLU of Michigan has been working to abolish modern-day debtors’ prisons for the past seven years. As part of this work, I have observed courts and represented clients throughout the state, from...

Spring Valley Arrest Case for Reform in Michigan Public Schools

As another example of excessive police force against a student hits the headlines, it makes me wonder when the outrage over such treatment of children will compel our policy makers to say “enough...

Positive Effects of Restorative Justice in Southeastern Michigan Schools

Imagine a better road where students, instead of getting suspended or expelled from school as disciplinary actions, are given a chance to heal. Such is the path of "restorative justice." The idea...

Democracy Watch: Flint Water Crisis Rages On

You know things are bad when the best defense you can conjure is incompetence. But that's exactly what Dan Wyant, director of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), resorted to last...

Dan Korobkin: Birmingham Theater Should End Ban on Teens

The opening of Birmingham's ritzy, remodeled Emagine Palladium movie theater should be a moment of celebration. Unfortunately, it has been marred by a discriminatory policy that bans most teenagers...

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Lansing Watchdog: The GOP War on Women Continues

October 26, 2015
In the past, when we talked about “reproductive rights” being under attack, one could reasonably infer that abortion rights were being undermined. These days, that inference has to be broadened to...

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