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Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan “Clean Slate” Criminal Justice Reform Bills Expanding Opportunities for Expungement, Breaking Barriers to Employment and Housing Opportunities

Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders could be eligible to have their records expunged after governor signs bills 

DETROIT, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed bipartisan House Bills 4980-4985 and 5120 reforming Michigan’s criminal expungement laws making it easier for people who have committed certain felonies and misdemeanors to have their record expunged. Changes in the bills include allowing a person to set aside one or more marijuana offenses if the offense would not have been a crime if committed after December 6, 2018  when recreational marijuana use by adults became legal in the state,  due to the referendum that voters approved to legalize marijuana in 2018. During her 2018 campaign for governor, Governor Whitmer made expungement for marijuana convictions one of her key priorities, and today she is following through on that promise.

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Michigan Department of Corrections Launches Video Visitation Pilot

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Corrections has launched a new video visitation pilot to offer an avenue for those incarcerated and their families to safely connect during the pandemic

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Vera Institute of Justice Expands Initiative to Increase Access to Public Housing for Formerly Incarcerated People

NEW YORK – The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), announced the expansion of their Opening Doors to Public Housing Initiative, a national project that changes restrictive public housing admissions policies and reduces barriers to safe community reentry for incarcerated people after release from prison or jail. Affordability, restrictive housing policies, lack of employment and credit history, and the stigma of having a criminal conviction are some of the obstacles justice impacted people face. Admissions criteria in much of the country’s public housing restricts people with convictions either from moving back in with family members or obtaining their own housing.

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Anne L. Precythe, Director of Corrections for the State of Missouri, recently was named President of the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA).

Director Precythe was elected by her peers from across the United States and officially began her term Aug. 6, 2020. The Correctional Leaders Association’s members are the CEOs of corrections for the United States. CLA’s mission is to promote the professionalism of corrections, to support its members, and to have a positive effect on policy and practices that support public safety. “Having Anne as our President is a big deal,” said Secretary of Pennsylvania John Wetzel, the outgoing CLA President. “She is respected on so many levels from leaders in the community, advocacy groups, and, obviously, her peers.” 

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New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner (NJDOC) Marcus O. Hicks Esq., was recently elected to the role of Vice President for the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA) by his CLA peers, comprised of the CEOs of corrections throughout the United States.

Hicks brings more than a decade of public policy and corrections experience and a history of developing progressive solutions to modern-day correctional challenges. As NJDOC Commissioner, Hicks increased protections in support of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, instituted ground-breaking educational programming in support of reentry, developed a workforce wellness initiative for employees grounded in resiliency and implemented a universal COVID-19 testing strategy for inmates and staff – the largest state testing initiative and the first among correctional agencies. 

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Scott R. Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections, was recently named as Treasurer for the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA).   

His peers elected Scott from across the United States.  The Correctional Leaders Association's members are the CEO's of corrections for the United States. CLA's Mission is to promote the professionalism of corrections, to support its members, and to have a positive effect on policy and practices that support public safety. "I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the members of CLA and to begin to repay the organization for the support and assistance I've received since 2015".  

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NC inmates helping protect prison staff from coronavirus

 — Prisons have been a hotspot in North Carolina for coronavirus cases, but the inmates themselves are now engaged in the fight against the pandemic.

Correction Enterprises, which provides jobs to 2,200 inmates statewide, usually produces items from furniture to eyeglass frames to signs. But some production lines have recently shifted to making masks and other protective gear for inmates and prison workers to limit the spread of the virus behind bars.

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Michigan recidivism rate falls to its lowest level in state history

Lansing, Mich. – The recidivism rate in Michigan dropped to its lowest rate in state history, placing it among the best in the country.Michigan’s recidivism rate, which measures the percentage of offenders who return to prison within three years of release, has dropped to 26.7 percent.Offenders can be returned to prison for committing new crimes, or for violating the conditions of their parole. The current figures represent individuals who were released from prison in 2016.

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Forest Service patrols backcountry with Wyoming Honor Farm–trained wild horses

By Country 10

When Law Enforcement Officer Katrina Haworth was looking at options to acquire quality horses for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) mounted patrol program, she was hesitant to consider wild horses.

“But then I had the opportunity to see how the Honor Farm trainers work with their horses, starting with essential groundwork and spending the time to instill a great foundation,” said Haworth, USFS Region 1 coordinator for mounted patrol. “I brought that information to the decision-makers and made the case that we could bring good, lightly-started young horses to the program for little to no cost.”

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2019 Francke and Clements Award Recipients

CLA would like to congratulate this year's Francke and Clements Award Recipients who will be honored later this month at a special awards dinner during our All Directors Symposium in Carlsbad, CA. 

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