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    Members can be criminal justice advocacy 501(c)3’s, non-profit/educational organizations, associations, and grassroots groups, or individuals who are interested in criminal justice reform, and who agree to sign and/or support the Resolution to End Mass Incarceration in Michigan. MI-CEMI’s membership consists of two groups: General Members and Steering Team Members.


    General membership is open to any individuals, including currently and formerly incarcerated people, or organizations that support ending mass incarceration in Michigan through criminal and juvenile justice reforms. 


    General Membership Responsibilities

    • Support the work of MI-CEMI
    • Assist with developing annual strategies
    • Advocate for policy changes
    • Help educate the public
    • Stay informed 


    General Membership Benefits

    • Monthly newsletter
    • Regular legislative updates
    • Emailed action alerts
    • Topic-based webinars
    • Project-based ad hoc groups
    • Website
    • Annual meeting 


    General Membership Opportunities

    • Amplify your voice
    • Stay informed
    • Advocate for change
    • Get support
    • Make a difference! 

    General Membership is free, but donations are always welcome!



    Organizations interested in becoming a Steering Team Member may do so by applying. An organization applying must have at least one person act as a representative of that organization during Steering Team meetings. The Steering Team will consist of up to 15 members, elected by consensus, and will represent the following:

    • The convening organization for the Collaborative
    • The chairs of each Priority Project Workgroup
    • A Grassroots Capacity-Building/Advocacy Organization 
    • Various organizations working on criminal justice issues in Michigan
    • At least one organization of justice-impacted people.


    Steering Team Responsibilities

    In order to remain in good standing, all Steering Team members must commit to the following:

    •  Attend monthly phone/ in-person meetings.
    •  Complete work assignments in between meetings.
    •  Actively recruit, engage and retain general members.
    • Make an annual contribution to support MI-CEMI according to their organization’s annual budget.
      • $1 million or more = $1,200
      • $500K < $1 million = $500
      • $250 K < $500 K – $250
      • <$250 K = $100
      • Individual = $10-$100


    Steering Team Authority

    The Steering Team is empowered to do the following on behalf of MI-CEMI:

    • Make decisions, including commitments, and endorsements.
    • Enter into contracts.
    • Apply for funding to support the work of the collaborative
    • Coordinate the development and execution of organizational strategies.
    • Host an annual membership meeting.


    Steering Team Meetings

    • Phone and in-person meetings will be open and conducted by a professional facilitator.
    • The Steering Team will make decisions based on consensus. 
    • Any steering or general member may bring a project forward for formal MI-CEMI endorsement.
    •  The Steering Team may create ad hoc committees to support an approved project.
      • Ad hoc committees are open to general members.

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