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National coalition urges criminal justice reform, including in MI

Reform of the criminal justice system has been on the minds of many people in Michigan lately, after President Obama’s recent speech calling for the end of over incarceration and later visit to a prison. As we discussed back on July 15, Obama spoke to at the NAACP’s national convention, where he noted how mandatory minimum sentencing has disproportionally and dramatically affected America’s African American and Latino communities, and how people often have few opportunities to turn their lives around after leaving prison.

Shortly after this speech, a national coalition of nonprofit organizations formed called the U.S. Justice Action Network. The group hopes to press for the sorts of reforms urged by Obama and others concerned with apparent problems with the current criminal justice system. On its website, the group says it will “work across the country to pass legislation to end overcriminalization,” reduce the national prison and jail populations, and help prisoners successfully reenter society.

Michigan is among the states on the group’s radar, WOOD-TV reports. The Network notes that it includes both conservative and progressive organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Faith & Freedom Coalition. Speaker of the Michigan House, Kevin Cotter, a Republican, says he is glad to see the Network’s formation and is ready to discuss the issue of reentry into society after incarceration, at least.

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Snyder has made several proposals that he plans to push for during this fall’s legislative session, according to WOOD.

We will continue to follow efforts at criminal justice reform, both at the federal and state levels.

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