AFSC Michigan

Ron Simpson interview

Ron Simpson is a Lifer Intern with AFSC Michigan's Criminal Justice Program. In this interview, Ron shares why he does this work.

AFSC launches restorative justice project in Michigan

Ron Simpson and Pete Martel, AFSC Michigan

Ron Simpson and Pete Martel, AFSC Michigan

Ron Simpson, left, and Pete Martel work with AFSC Michigan's Criminal Justice Program.

The Lifer Intern Project of AFSC in Michigan is embarking on an ambitious, long-term project in which restorative justice practices and principles are applied through various programs to offenders serving life sentences and long-indeterminate-sentences (LIDs) in Michigan prisons. The purpose of restorative justice in prisons is to assist with the offender's rehabilitation and eventual reintegration into society.

Social Justice Spring Break

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:00am - Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 5:00pm

With AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program

Spend your spring break in Ann Arbor, Michigan learning about the criminal justice system and organizing from the AFSC staff and community.

See this flyer for event and application details. Application deadline is February 14, 2014.

Why care about people in prison?

Interns with AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan share their thoughts about prisons and why we should care about the people within them.

Recap: Profiteering on prisons [Google Hangout]

No matter how private companies profit on prisons, privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits over the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. This was the topic of discussion among three AFSC staff members during a one-hour Google Hangout on Air held July 17, 2013.

During the discussion, Caroline Isaacs, who authored the first-ever systematic study of all for-profit prisons operating in Arizona, relayed her experiences in the struggle against privatization.

One man's story of transformation through love, family, knowledge

Peter young

Peter Martel in 1992, when he was 18.

Peter in 1992, when he was 18.

Peter Martel spent 10 years in solitary confinement following armed robbery charges when he was 20 years old. His life changed during those years as the love of his family and human compassion helped him find a spark within himself. Today, as program associate with AFSC’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program and an aspiring lawyer, he’s leading others to find that spark in themselves.

Taking compassion behind the walls

A pastor friend once said, “There is no love in prison.”

When you see the tall fences topped with razor wire, the guard towers and the dour faces of many who work behind the walls, it’s easy to feel that way. There’s an oppressive air to prison. Punishment, like humidity, takes the heat and makes it unbearable.

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The high costs of privatizing prisons

Natalie Holbrook

Natalie Holbrook

Natalie Holbrook directs AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan.

Privatizing prisons carries a high cost for prisoners and society, says Natalie Holbrook, who directs AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan.

Listen here to this recent radio interview in which Natalie explains why the humane treatment of prisoners is important and why releasing eligible people is the best way to cut prison costs.

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