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SADO Recommendations on MDOC and COVID-19

As of January 11, 2021, 23,233 people incarcerated in the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 58 percent of all people in Michigan prisons. One hundred and twenty-three have died. Almost half of all individuals who have tested positive are Black, and Black people account for more than half of the deaths within the MDOC. Read More


Project Reentry Publishes Newsletter for the Reentry Community

The Drum: Articles, Stories, and Resources for the JLWOP Community

The January 2021 issue of The Drum is now available. The Drum is a publication, produced by SADO’s Project Reentry, featuring articles by and for former juvenile lifers returning to the community. The Drum also identifies a wide variety of resources for returning citizens, including financial budgeting, employment opportunities, and community tips.  Read More


COVID-19 Pleadings and Resources for Attorneys and Advocates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for the defender community to advocate for the release of incarcerated individuals. Keeping people unnecessarily incarcerated dangers public health and safety. SADO has created and gathered sample pleadings, information, and resources here. This page will be continually updated. Read More


Perspective from the Bench: The Honorable James M. Maceroni

It is quite a bit less stressful to run unopposed. My background…well I grew up hearing stories about the oppression inflicted on my Irish ancestors by the British. One of my first “legal” proceedings that I witnessed was my sister being terminated as editor of the South End newspaper at Wayne State for having the audacity to pull military recruitment ads. 
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MAACS and SADO Achieve Significant Amendments to the Michigan Court Rules

Effective January 1, 2021, the Michigan Supreme Court has adopted several important court rule amendments that promise to improve access to justice and criminal appellate practice. Read More


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This project was funded by the Byrne JAG grant #2010-DJ-BX-0003, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan state Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ.