Racist voter-suppression bills moving through the Michigan Legislature are a threat to democracy. Efforts to disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters cannot be allowed to succeed.
If Michigan Senate Bill 218 becomes law, it will needlessly and illegally deprive some students of the opportunities available to their peers, sending a dangerous message to vulnerable transgender youth that they are not welcome or accepted in their communities.
In 2006 and 2011, the Michigan state legislature expanded the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) originally passed in 1994, creating harsher measures that imposed geographic exclusion zones barring registrants from living, working or spending time with their children in much of the state and others.
When it comes to deciding who stays in jail and who goes free while awaiting a criminal trial, the job of a judge is not an easy one.