MI-CEMI’S POSITION ON…
CHILD ABUSE OFFENDER REGISTRY LEGISLATION:
September 1, 2020
Senate Bills (SB) 289 and 290 would create a publicly available registry of people convicted of child abuse or neglect in the state of Michigan. While the legislation arises from the good intentions to protect children from potential abusers, it in fact does not help prevent abuse and could exacerbate disproportionate rates within the child welfare system.
We are a collaborative of expert organizations in Michigan who believe in leaving nobody behind when it comes to criminal justice reform. An enormous percentage of people in Michigan’s prisons will one day return home to their communities, and how they return is critical to public safety, human dignity, and protecting human rights. Reserving reform for people with low-level, non-violent charges is counterproductive and almost always ensures people who served time for serious offenses come home without the tools or support necessary to ensure successful reintegration back into their communities.
MI-CEMI endorses the federal Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and is awaiting vote in the U.S. Senate. The HEROES Act would build on the current CARES Act to provide more federal relief for the economic and health-related impact of COVID-19 and includes a number of provisions for individuals who have been or are currently incarcerated.