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Governor Creates Michigan Jail Reform Advisory Council

Apr 23, 2021

Through executive order, Governor Gretchen Whitmer created a council to facilitate, assist with, monitor, and evaluate the implementation of jail reform legislation. Last December, the legislature passed a series of reforms recommended by the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration. The newly created Council will focus on those changes that were signed […]

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Expungement Expansion Passes House

Mar 12, 2021

This week, the House passed two bills allowing a person to receive an expungement for a first offense of driving under the influence. The package was introduced on a bipartisan manner, by Representative Joe Bellino (R-Monroe) and Representative Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods). The bills received bipartisan support in the House. The legislation does not apply […]

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Governor Signs Criminal Justice Reform Package

Oct 16, 2020

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan bill package reforming the state’s criminal expungement laws. Under the new laws, a person can have a marijuana offense set aside if it would not have been a crime if committed after December 6, 2018 when recreational marijuana use by adults became legal in Michigan. Additionally, it […]

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Criminal Justice Reform Package Introduced

Jul 24, 2020

Using the recommendations of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, a bipartisan group of legislators developed a plan of action. There are several measures within the plan that aim to reform the criminal justice system in Michigan, including: Reclassify many traffic misdemeanors as civil infractions. Eliminate license suspensions for violations of […]

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Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Report Delivered

Jan 17, 2020

Following months of work, the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration delivered their report to the state legislature. The final report includes 18 major recommendations, which they hope will make the state a leader in criminal justice reform. Upon officially receiving the report, House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader […]

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