This Week Online: Surveillance and Overcriminaliation 2/6-2/13

February 13, 2015

Jacques: Michigan Laws Make Criminals of Us All (Detroit News)
Because of Michigan's extensive penal code, however, many everyday activities can cross over into the crime category — putting too many innocent individuals at risk of committing a "crime." A report that came out last fall highlighted just how egregious the situation is in Michigan, and showed how this state's criminal code outpaces its Midwest neighbors.

The study, "Overcriminalization in the Wolverine State," was researched jointly by the Manhattan Institute, a New York-based policy research group, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has joined the discussion, too. Miriam Aukerman, an attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, participated Wednesday in a Lansing forum with Copland. (ALSO: Michigan Capitol Confidential)

Detroit Considers Use Of Private Cameras To Help Fight Crime (AP)
The head of a group representing hundreds of Detroit grocers said the plan is a “no-brainer” and has been discussed in the city before, while the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan worries that it gives a “Big Brother” feel and could lead to violations of individual privacy.

Trans Leadership Training In West Michigan (Pridesource)
Spread out over two weekends, participants will learn about laws and policies impacting the trans community and will design and implement educational projects on trans issues in the areas of activism and building community across the state. The two-day training is free and will be led by ACLU Staff Attorney for the LGBT Project, Jay Kaplan; Legislative Director Shelli Weisberg and a team of activist leaders including Emani Love, Amanda Niven, Amy Hunter, Preston Van Vliet and Sojn Boothroyd.

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