(AP) A new national group focused on criminal justice issues is prioritizing Michigan as a state where it will pursue changes.

The U.S. Justice Action Network was formed this week and includes prominent advocacy groups on the right and left including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter is applauding the nonprofit's formation and says he looks forward to finding ways to ease prisoners' re-entry into society and improve their employment outlook.