Seven Things About Reaching Seven Years of Sobriety

Tuesday was technically my 7th Sobriety Anniversary but I will officially celebrate it today (with my sponsor at one of my weekly support-group meetings). I am always conflicted about sobriety anniversaries because they can both inspire, trigger, and shame people who aren’t currently maintaining sobriety. So, in that spirit, here are seven things very positive… Continue reading Seven Things About Reaching Seven Years of Sobriety

I Love Dogs (and Hate Dog-Fighting) But Why Are Mandatory Minimums the Answer For Michigan?

While we were waiting to testify before the Michigan Senate Justice Committee in favor of HB 4065 (MDOC Hiring) I was a captive audience during a very disturbing period of testimony in support of a new Senate Bill removing discretion from Judges in the sentences of people convicted of participating in dog-fighting rings (SB 276)… Continue reading I Love Dogs (and Hate Dog-Fighting) But Why Are Mandatory Minimums the Answer For Michigan?

Senator Proos, why would you want to ban “Ban the Box”?

So, today I was in Lansing as part of a cadre of criminal justice reform advocates pushing for passage of Michigan House Bill 4065 which would allow the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to hire formerly incarcerated people again (the MDOC hired formerly incarcerated people until 1995). I was with friends from Nation Outside, The… Continue reading Senator Proos, why would you want to ban “Ban the Box”?

Resist Donald Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Food Stamps (SNAP)!

Yesterday we were informed that POTUS (Trump, 45, Mr. Small Hands) has decided to pay for his tax-cuts for the rich by totally eviscerating the social safety net including, but not limited to, food stamps (SNAP Benefits). Luckily, Presidential budgets are almost always DOA. However, since Paul Ryan and the House Republicans have wanted to… Continue reading Resist Donald Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Food Stamps (SNAP)!

Three Reasons Shame Doesn’t Manufacture Recovery

Way too often, people claim that shame, or confrontational interventions, can be a helpful situational tool in incentivizing lasting sobriety. I absolutely cannot speak for everyone else’s experience and do not want to discount anything that has worked for others, but shame never did anything positive for me. Here are three reasons I believe that… Continue reading Three Reasons Shame Doesn’t Manufacture Recovery

Getting the 2017 MDOC Budget Right is Important – Short vs. Long-Term Success

Yesterday, I wrote about some possible problems I see with some of the set-asides in SB 0144 (The Senate version of the MDOC budget). But, you might be wondering why you should care? There are many other reasons to care (I might write more about this lately) but let’s focus on the economic case today.… Continue reading Getting the 2017 MDOC Budget Right is Important – Short vs. Long-Term Success

Questions About Michigan SB 0144 (MDOC Funding) with Input From Senator Proos

After reading the Senate version of the¬†proposed Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) budget aka Michigan SB 0144¬† I had some questions: Why did the bill cut the overall MDOC budget because per-prisoner costs were to high but also fund a larger than 4 Million dollar set-aside for a “future facility?” Would the “Future Facility” be… Continue reading Questions About Michigan SB 0144 (MDOC Funding) with Input From Senator Proos