Virtually no one in Michigan today would guess that in the 19th century Michigan was the leader in prison reform.
Michigan’s first constitution was the first to prohibit the death penalty, and the state’s successful responses to issues of punishment vs reform, young, first-time offenders, and female convicts will surprise you as will some of the laws that could get people in trouble.
Crime and Punishment in 19th Centural Michigan is the subject of Susan Nenadic's presentation at 2 p.m., Sunday, in the Brecon Room at the Saline District Library.
Susan Nenadic has degrees in history and English and taught at Saline High School before retiring in 2004. Nenadic provides programs throughout Michigan and teaches adult learning classes. She is a former board member of the Washtenaw County Historical Society for which she was in charge of museum exhibitions. She is currently a member of the Ann Arbor Street Exhibit Educational Committee. Her other local interests have been abandoned in favor of serving as president of a non-profit, Friends of Amoru, which is building and financing a school in rural Uganda.
This Saline Area Historical Society Education Program is free.
Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of TheSalinePost.com. He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.