Michigan Lifers Report
FROM THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN’S DESK NATIONAL LIFERS OF AMERICA, INC. FEB/MAR 2023
At the moment, many NLA Local Chapters are still being held back from membership meetings because of COVID restrictions. We are hoping as progress is made with loosening the COVID stranglehold, Local Chapters will be able to get back to normal operations. I regularly communicate with Sybil Padgett giving her updates on what is transpiring with the Second Look Sentencing Bill so she can update chapter membership. My goal is to communicate with all NLA Local Chapter presidents so they can aiso update their membership.
Alexandra Bailey of The Sentencing Project (TSP) has informed our National Vice-Chairman Jamie Meade and National Director of Relations with TARP Joshua Puckett that the Second Look Sentencing legislation will be officially launched on April 12, 2023, at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. There will be a news conference and the United Church of Christ Michigan Conference leadership will be in attendance. This is a makeup for the ice-storm cancellation of the Day of Empathy on February 22, 2023. We are encouraging you to ask your family and friends to attend this event. While not everyone will be able to speak to their state representative or state senator, we want your family and friends to try. Have them tell your story and their experience having a loved one incarcerated.
Then the Second Look Sentencing Bill gets introduced, hopefully within the next couple weeks, I will personally have that information published in the Michigan Lifers Report Newsletter so ail Local Chapters around the state will receive it to share with their membership.
Also, we are currently working on a NLA National Agenda for all Local Chapters to collectively focus their attention. I would like to thank all Local Chapters who sent ideas for the National Agenda. In addition, as a juvenile parolable lifer who has served 35 years, I will be returning to court for re-sentencing and possible release pursuant to People v. Montez Stovall that ruled it is unconstitutional for a juvenile to be sentenced to a parolable life sentence. With my upcoming re-sentencing, it is imperative we remain focused on our National Agenda and the pending and upcoming criminal justice reform that will end mass incarceration in Michigan. All Local Chapters will be receiving updates from Jamie Neade and myself keeping everyone abreast of what we are working on and what we need help with. We (NLA) are a collective force for change. Eddie 'Malijah' Gee.