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”?

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

3 Reasons the Democrats Cannot Back Down On SCOTUS

There are rumors that the Democratic leadership is considering allowing POTUS to get his SCOTUS nomination through confirmation rather than risk the GOP changing Senate rules and getting rid of the supermajority cloture requirement (60 votes on Supreme Court nominees and Senate legislation). Fox even presented a play-by-play of what would happen if the Democrats fought… Continue reading 3 Reasons the Democrats Cannot Back Down On SCOTUS

Amen To Anthony Bourdain on Reddit Today

by Joshua Hoe Anthony Bourdain (Author, Chef, Traveler, and CNN Personality) said the following during a Reddit AMA today: I am Anthony Bourdain and I’m really good at finding cool shit. AMA.. “I think the pharmaceutical companies have to share some responsibility here, but I think it’s sort of the final evidence of the utter… Continue reading Amen To Anthony Bourdain on Reddit Today