Organizations and Associations
Below are helpful links to organizations and associationed related to the Michigan Department of Corrections as well as the parole and commutation process. You will also find information for support groups to help you through the difficult obstacles and other situations presented whenever a loved one is incarcerated.
Michigan Department of Corrections
This is a government site where you will find an abundance of information on the Michigan Department of Corrections. You can search information regarding all prisons and camps. You can also access statistics and policies of the Parole Board. Information regarding all programs and services of the Michigan Parole Board can also be found on this website.
CAPPS (Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending)
CAPPS is a non-profit public policy organization that is concerned about the social and economic costs of prison expansion. This organization advocates re-examining prison spending policies and shifting our resources to public services that prevent crime, rehabilitate offenders, and address the needs of all our citizens in a cost-effective manner. To achieve these goals, CAPPS develops data-driven proposals for reducing the prison population while ensuring public safety.
FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums)
Families Against Mandatory Minimums is the national voice for fair and proportionate sentencing laws. FAMM advocates for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilizing thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences.
Second Chance for Youth
This organization focuses on juvenile offenders who have received life sentences. This group strongly advocates on behalf of these juveniles by consistently petitioning our representatives and senators to change the existing laws so that some of these young lifers can be released to become productive members of society.
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) is a grassroots organization that was founded in Texas in 1972. It became a national organization in 1985. CURE believes that prisons should be used only for those who absolutely must be incarcerated and that those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around. CURE also believes that human rights documents provide a sound basis for ensuring that criminal justice systems meet these goals. CURE is a membership organization that works hard to provide its members with the information and tools necessary to help them understand the criminal justice system and to advocate for changes. CURE also has a Michigan chapter (MI-CURE), which can be found at http://www.soros.org/initiatives/usprograms/focus/justice/programs/sentencing/grantees/micure
Families and Corrections Network (FCN)
An organization for and about families of prisoners. They offer information, training and technical assistance regarding children of prisoners, parenting programs for prisoners, prison visiting, incarcerated fathers and mothers, hospitality programs, keeping in touch, returning to the community, the impact of the justice system on families, and prison marriage.
Online Chat Groups/ Communities
If you feel like you are the only one dealing with an incarcerated love one and have no one to talk to that truly understands what you are going through, then you may find some of these online communities helpful.
The PrisonTalk Online (PTO) web community was conceived in a prison cell, designed in a halfway house, and funded by donations from families of ex-offenders, to bring those with an interest in the prisoner support community a forum in which their issues and concerns may be addressed by others in similar circumstances and beliefs. Inside the PTO web community you will be able to find support from others who are dealing with, or have been down the same dark road you may currently find yourself, information resources & tools to aid you in achieving your goals, and most importantly, a place to communicate and share your stories.
Families of Prisoners
Families of Prisoners is a loosely bonded organization of ALL the individuals and groups fighting for prisoners and family members rights. This organization is intended as a tool to let others know what they are doing in the fight against the abuses of the Department of Corrections. No matter what state you are in or what you are fighting, post your group's activities here, post copies of the letters you write for those without the same confidence in their abilities to do so, post flyers, request for help and let others know what you are doing.
Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons (FFIP)
This is a support group for friends and family of incarcerated persons, working together to create a friendly atmosphere and to lend an ear by sharing information vital to anyone living within/without the jail and prison system.