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Civil Asset Forfeiture: How Government Seizes Private Property from Innocent Citizens

Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the police to seize and sell a citizen's private property, even if no crime has been charged against the owner of that property. Several states have recently reformed their civil asset forfeiture laws, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, has called for improving federal laws pertaining to this practice. … more

National School Choice Week in Michigan

The Mackinac Center celebrates school choice with filmmaker Bob Bowdon, Sen. Phil Pavlov, and hundreds of students. … more

Overcriminalization in Michigan

Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. … more

Why Middle-Class Parents in Michigan Should be Concerned about Their Local Public Schools

Many middle-class Michiganders think that most low-performing schools are located in poor inner cities such as Detroit, not in their nice neighborhoods or in their smaller towns. They need to think again.  … more

Flores Family

School choice is helping the Flores family trying to bridge the education gap between English and English Second Language students. The Flores family describes how choice allowed them to find a school that not only met their specific language needs but one that addressed a special need and provided a tailor-made academic plan. … more

Legal Cigarette Sales Up in Smoke Due to State Taxes

As cash-strapped government looks to cigarettes for tax revenue, the public responds by more illegally transporting smokes across state borders. Smugglers and thieves target stores and businesses and the benefits to state coiffures and public health are questionable. … more

Charters Help Detroit's Children Succeed

Pam Russell teaches at a Detroit charter school where her granddaughter now attends kindergarten. She enjoys getting better professional development and watching her granddaughter learn violin in the classroom. … more

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