Prisons & Corrections Section of the State Bar of Michigan
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Information About Our Section, Elections, and Annual Meeting & Program

About Us

We are focused. The Prisons and Corrections Section is dedicated to addressing issues of fairness related to Michigan’s incarcerated citizens. Our section exists to study, debate, and educate on issues related to incarceration, alternatives to incarceration, and post-incarceration issues. Consistent with our bylaws, we make cross-professional recommendations to the State Bar, public officials, the legislature, and the judiciary as to the adoption of rational, effective, and fair policies in the area of incarceration.

We are active. During the 2019–2020 year, we meet on the first Friday of every month from November through June. We host a conference in June on an agreed upon topic, and we seek opportunities throughout the year to partner with other sections, such as the Criminal Law Section, on events and programs. Throughout the year, we publish a monthly newsletter and undertake many public policy positions on a variety of matters relating to incarceration.

We are diverse. Our Council of 15 members is comprised of professionals from all walks of the criminal justice spectrum, including: prisoner advocates, policy directors, prosecutors, defense attorneys, social workers, formerly incarcerated individuals, judges, and academics. We are also served by active representative leaders from the Department of Corrections and the Legislative Ombudsman.

Learn more on our section website.

Annual Meeting & Program—“Reimagining Prison: A European Approach”

The Criminal Law Section is invited to attend this informative event.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.–Noon
Location: State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St, Lansing

10:00 a.m. Annual Section Meeting—Elections and results for open Council seats (see below).

10:30 a.m. Program—“Reimagining Prison: A European Approach” Carol Siemon, Ingham County Prosecutor, and Keith Barber, Legislative Corrections Ombudsman, will discuss their recent experiences exploring crime and punishment in Germany and Norway

A light breakfast will be served. Click here to RSVP online or email Marilena David-Martin at mdavid@sado.org.

Attorneys & Non-Attorneys are Encouraged to Run for a Seat on the Council

Regular Member Council seat (attorneys only): There are four regular Council member seat vacancies for the 2019–2022 term. Out of these four vacancies, the Council will have only one member eligible for re-election.

Associate Member Council seat: There are two vacancies for an associate Council member seat for one and two year terms. Associate members do not need to be attorneys, but must be members of our Section, which allows for non-attorney criminal justice practitioner membership.

Elections and results will be held on October 5, 2019, at the Section’s Annual Meeting. You need not be present on October 5 to run for election, but you are strongly encouraged to attend and to introduce yourself prior to the voting.

We encourage dedicated individuals to consider service on the Council. Attorney candidates must be in good standing (for a regular member council position) and attorney and non-attorney candidates must be a member of the Section.

If interested, email the current Chair, Mike Marutiak, at mjmarutiak@comcast.net, and provide the following information:

  1. Your name, P number (if attorney), phone number, and email address.
  2. Why do you want to serve on the Council?
  3. What do you hope to contribute while serving on the Council?