Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration (MI-CEMI)

In light of intense local and national focus on the need for “smarter justice” initiatives, Michigan’s leading criminal justice system reform organizations are excited to officially announce a bold new initiative to safely reduce our jail and prison populations—the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration (MI-CEMI).


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This new collaborative effort will eliminate redundancies within the criminal justice reform movement while accelerating all of our work. MI-CEMI brings together Michigan’s leading experts on sentencing reform, alternatives to incarceration, improved conditions of confinement, parole approvals and successful prison and jail re-entry and those who have been directly impacted by the justice system. Our goals are to design, implement and evaluate new and revised policies and procedures that will significantly reduce our current incarcerated populations and to create and restore healthy communities.

Leadership Structure

MI-CEMI is led by representatives from:

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan

  • Michigan League for Public Policy

  • American Friends Service Committee Michigan Criminal Justice Program

  • Citizen’s Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending

  • Hope Network, Nation Outside – The Voice of Former Prisoners

  • Michigan CURE

  • Michigan United and the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

Six Focus Areas for Ending Mass Incarceration in Michigan
MI-CEMI’s six areas of focus are:
  1. Reduce the number of persons entering jail and prison;

  2. Reduce the length of incarceration and increase the number of persons who are safely released from jail and prison facilities;

  3. Ensure conditions of confinement that are conducive to genuine rehabilitation; 

  4. adequately prepare and support those who are released from incarceration;

  5. Reduce the “stigma” that prevents many formerly incarcerated persons from securing housing and employment; and, 

  6. Reinvest any savings from reductions in incarceration back into the most impacted communities. MI-CEMI members meet to coordinate efforts, connect to national movements that are addressing systemic inequality and mass incarceration, mobilize people on the ground, and share their areas of expertise.

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