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Project Reentry Publishes Newsletter for Returning Citizens

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

The October 2018 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. This month’s issue features an interview with ICAN founding member Eric Alexander, job opportunities for returning citizens, a spotlight on Demetrius Knuckles, the app of the month, a monthly wellness article on post-traumatic stress disorder, and much more. Read More


SADO's Project Reentry Presents "Your Best Life Reentry Workshop Series"

Next Workshop: Reentry Roundtable, October 28, 2-4pm

SADO’s Project Reentry facilitates the Your Best Life Reentry Workshop Series aimed at assisting returning citizens with essential life skills necessary for a successful transition home. SADO has hosted workshops focused on technology, employment, finances, general support, relationships, taxes, and more. On October 28, 2018, YBL will present the Reentry Roundtable. The workshop will provide a space for open dialogue about the experiences and challenges returning citizens face in the community. Troy Reinstra of Safe and Just Michigan will moderate the discussion. Read More


Jessica Zimbelman Hired as the First MAACS Litigation Support Counsel

The Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS), a division of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) that oversees a roster of about 150 private attorneys handling 2300 court-appointed felony appeals per year, has hired Jessica Zimbelman as the first Litigation Support Counsel, an innovative new position that will focus on training and supporting MAACS roster attorneys and managing state-funded investigative and expert services for MAACS cases. Read More


Paralegal and Former Juvenile Lifer Edward Sanders Discusses the Need for Education for Incarcerated Individuals

The Michigan Daily reports on "From Prison to Paralegal" presentation

Paralegal Edward Sanders - a former juvenile lifer who spent nearly 43 years in prison - discussed the importance of education, digital technology access, and literacy skills for incarcerated individuals and spoke about the process of returning to the community in the digital age at a lecture titled “From Prison to Paralegal” presented by the University of Michigan School of Information and the University’s Information Alliance for Community Development reports the Michigan Daily. 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.