Criminal Justice

Supporting Black Labor: Ending Criminal Record Exclusions in the Workforce

Supporting Black Labor: Ending Criminal Record Exclusions in the Workforce

2017-01-19 00:00:00

As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr and his legacy this week, it’s important to examine the intersection of two issues that he devoted energy and attention to: race relations and economic equality. Though his fight for economic equality of the United States’ black citizens occurred decades ago, countless examples let us know the disparities still persist. One such example is in Michigan.

A look back: Takeaways from ACLU of Michigan Law Enforcement Hearing

A look back: Takeaways from ACLU of Michigan Law Enforcement Hearing

2016-12-09 00:00:00

A little more than a year ago, the ACLU of Michigan’s Racial Justice Project convened an important hearing on law enforcement best practices. At the time, the public’s alarm about police violence was at fever pitch, and to the extent the need for clarity about how to address this problem was not already apparent, the popular demand for answers drove the point home.

Lansing Watchdog: Fighting for a Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers

Lansing Watchdog: Fighting for a Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers

2016-05-17 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – May 16, 2016

In January 2016, the U.S.. Supreme Court settled an outstanding question in the interpretation of their series of promising opinions addressing the moral and legal question of whether juvenile defendants in our criminal justice system should be treated in the same manner as adults. 

ACLU of Michigan Demands Release of Benton Harbor Minister Jailed in Retaliation for Activism

ACLU of Michigan Demands Release of Benton Harbor Minister Jailed in Retaliation for Activism

2016-05-10 00:00:00

DETROIT—The ACLU of Michigan on Wednesday will urge a state appeals court to overturn the conviction of Benton Harbor civil-rights firebrand Rev. Edward Pinkney, arguing that Pinkney was unfairly jailed in retaliation for his activism and political views.

Campaign to End Police Abuse & Discrimination

We realize that excessive policies and actions of the police are instrumental in deciding who gets stopped, searched, arrested, and funneled into the criminal justice system. Indeed, the United States’ over-incarceration crisis begins at the front end of the system, especially for communities of color. Meanwhile, often under the guise of our failed drug war, abuse of civil asset forfeiture is rampant, while federal grant programs enable the increasing militarization of local police departments.

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

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

2015-11-02 00:00:00

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 Muskegon to Port Huron.

No place, however, has resonated with me like the tiny Detroit suburb of Eastpointe, where the constant incarceration of people too poor to pay fines—many of them black—eerily reminds of the sort of exploitative court practices recently uncovered in Ferguson, Mo.

ACLU of Michigan to Host Special-Education Rights and School-to-Prison Pipeline Panel

ACLU of Michigan to Host Special-Education Rights and School-to-Prison Pipeline Panel

2015-05-07 00:00:00

Continuing a series of programs centered on special-education students in public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will sponsor a panel discussion at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills on May 28 on the rights of students with disabilities and the impact of dwindling resources, harsh zero-tolerance laws and other factors.

Nationally, A Step Towards Safe and Fair Schools

Nationally, A Step Towards Safe and Fair Schools

2014-01-22 00:00:00

Last week, the federal education and justice departments took a firm stance against overly punitive school discipline policies that push millions of children each year into the pipeline to prison.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled guidelines for states to keep schools safe and ensure their discipline policies and practices comply with federal laws.

ACLU Sues Isabella County Jail for Sex Discrimination, Cruel and Unusual Punishment

ACLU Sues Isabella County Jail for Sex Discrimination, Cruel and Unusual Punishment

2012-10-30 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today against Isabella County Correctional Facility challenging the discriminatory treatment of women inmates, who, unlike male prisoners, are denied access to community service opportunities and trustee positions. In addition, the ACLU is challenging the unconstitutional practice of keeping all inmates locked in cramped cells 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with limited exceptions.

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Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
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DETROIT—The ACLU of Michigan on Wednesday will urge a state appeals court to overturn the conviction of Benton Harbor civil-rights firebrand Rev. Edward...
November 02, 2015 Criminal Justice
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...
May 07, 2015 Criminal Justice
Continuing a series of programs centered on special-education students in public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will sponsor a panel...
January 22, 2014 Criminal Justice
Last week, the federal education and justice departments took a firm stance against overly punitive school discipline policies that push millions of children...
October 30, 2012 Criminal Justice
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today against Isabella County Correctional Facility challenging the discriminatory...
June 25, 2012 Criminal Justice
In a landmark decision today that effectively strikes down Michigan’s sentencing scheme, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for children under...
April 12, 2012 Criminal Justice
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan confirmed today that the Michigan Department of Corrections has abandoned the routine...
April 12, 2012 Criminal Justice
Update 4/12/12: VICTORY! With your help, we've confirmed that the Michigan Department of Corrections has abandoned the routine implementation of this degrading...
November 17, 2010 Criminal Justice
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan today filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine Michigan citizens who were sentenced to life in prison...
April 23, 2009 Criminal Justice
These intimate profiles of individuals who were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as children illustrate the importance of reforming Michigan...
March 30, 2009 Criminal Justice
UPDATE: (March 31, 2009) The ACLU of Michigan is happy to announce that Edwina Nowlin was released today after being represented by the ACLU at  an emergency...
November 16, 2007 Criminal Justice
Lansing — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today its opposition to a planned Michigan House Democrats legislative package that forces...
August 31, 2006 Criminal Justice
Detroit — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a Kent County judge defied the U.S....
Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
July 20, 2004 Criminal Justice
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the Michigan Supreme Court today to hear a case of a Catholic man who was criminally punished for not...
April 08, 2003 Criminal Justice
At the urging of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) will no longer identify prisoners as homosexual...
May 22, 2002 Criminal Justice
Today the ACLU of Michigan, in a letter to district court judges across the state, requested that steps be taken to free prisoners who were either convicted on...
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