Tag Archives: American Friends Service Committee

What it’s really like in Michigan’s prisons

Last night, I reprinted a letter sent by a Michigan school Superintendent to our Governor, asking that his school be converted over to a prison. Given that we fund corrections better than we do education in this state, he argued that it would be in the best interests of his students. He was clearly attempting […]

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Today at the U.S. Social Forum

My friend Natalie Holbrook attended the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit today. Here’s her report: I’m super tired, but here’s my take on the USSF today. Many, many people walking around Detroit peacefully and with an air of kindness. Cobo Hall was thumping with hundreds of folks. All different sorts of people — young, old, […]

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Michigan, leading nation in release of non-violent offenders… and that’s a good thing

From an editorial in today’s New York Times: The United States, which has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, has about one-quarter of its prisoners. But the relentless rise in the nation’s prison population has suddenly slowed as many states discover that it is simply too expensive to overincarcerate. Between 1987 and 2007 […]

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