Okay in 2020 Michigan:

* Passed the largest expansion of expungement ever (arguably ever in the United States)
* Passed all 20 pieces of legislation from the recommendations of the Task Force on Jails and Pretrial Incarceration
* Occupational Licensing reform
* SNAP reform
There was more, but it is actually possible that MILLIONS of people will be benefited by these changes and it all happened in a state with GOP control of the legislature and a DEM Governor

EVERY legislator and our Governor deserve a lot of credit for working together #mileg
Obviously, there is still a LOT of work left to do and we are dealing with a full-on COVID crisis in our prisons and jails.

117 people have died from COVID in Michigan prisons as of last night

We need the vaccine in our prisons and commutations for people at high-risk ASAP
And it was not all sun and rainbows, at the tail end of the session the legislator passed and our Governor signed a new piece of SORA legislation that even the AG said was probably going to put Michigan right back into a court battle (that has been going for almost a decade)
But, while 2020 has been a terrible year in almost every other conceivable way....we made a LOT of progress in #cjreform in Michigan, a huge number of people's lives will be improved and nobody's life will be made worse...We will continue this fight until the job is done! #2021

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1 Jan
Yesterday, when I was talking about 2020 accomplishments, I forgot to mention the 19 interviews I produced on the Decarceration Nation Podcast @DNationPod

Was so great to talk to so many amazing and accomplished guests in 2020

The year started with an interview with my friend Val, who returned from over 40 years of incarceration last year...We talked about everything from his service in Vietnam to getting to vote for the first time

Next I talked to a legendary activist, Lisa Fithian about her new book "Shut It Down"

Who knew, just a few months later, protests would break out across the entire country

Read 23 tweets
31 Dec 20

@JoeBiden MUST end the use of the Federal Death Penalty....It was LITERALLY part of HIS #cjreform plan during the campaign....it was also LITERALLY part of the @KamalaHarris #cjreform plan

These were the promises they made, not some wild demand from outsiders
Don't believe me?

This is from the @JoeBiden campaign promises web page

joebiden.com/justice/ Image
Don't believe me?

This is from the @KamalaHarris #cjreform promises from her Medium page

kamalaharris.medium.com/kamalas-plan-t… Image
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19 Dec 20

I am not sure who needs to hear this....but economic expectations for people coming back from incarceration are INSANE

1. When I got out, I had $10,000 in court costs, fines & fees, charges per day from when I was in jail awaiting transfer to prison etc.
2. In addition, when I was incarcerated, the State of Michigan found out I had money in a bank account and took it as part of paying the price of my incarceration (well over $1,000)
3. After I was released, I was forced to wear an electronic monitor for nearly two years....I am still paying the cost of that off...it was over $6,000
Read 20 tweets
18 Dec 20

A huge thank you to everyone in the Michigan Legislature....all 20 bills created out of Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration have now passed and are headed to @GovWhitmer for her signature

An amazing accomplishment #mileg

As a result of this work...

People will not be incarcerated because of drivers license suspensions unrelated to dangerous driving, this is one of the largest drivers of incarceration in Michigan

Officers will be able to give citations in lieu of arrest in many of not most misdemeanor situations....something I testified about in front of the task force myself.

Many jail mandatory minimums were eliminated
Read 13 tweets
17 Dec 20
It is not censorship when a company chooses not to endorse or distribute your messages....people are not compelled to support or endorse your speech on or using property they own
It is fair to ask why we have decided to make corporately owned platforms, in essence, the 'public square,' but that does not change the fact that these are corporately owned platforms....Twitter has every right (it is in the TIS) to comment or ban me (or anyone else)
If you went to Starbucks, and they had a bulletin board people were invited to use, and you chose to post a racist message...it is not first-amendment protected censorship for Starbucks to take it down...if you put up a lie, they can contest what you said
Read 6 tweets
17 Dec 20

The WSJ story on Dr. Jill Biden was a troll (trolling for clicks)

The National Review story on Dr. Jill Biden is a troll

They say something offensive and outrageous to get attention, retweets, and to attain virality, it is literally the business model
When you give the story oxygen, when you make it a thing, when you actually retweet the story....you are helping them make money and gain attention.

They do this on purpose
This also explains why all media - right and left - in a sense - work together....Right wing media says something we find offensive - left wing media goes crazy...left wing media says something the right finds offensive....right wing media goes crazy

It is co-productive
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