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Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration releases report on jail reform


By Kimberly James | Feb 5, 2020

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The Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration has been working with Pew Charitable Trusts to investigate alternate and innovative reform practices. The task force recently issued its report to the Legislature.

“The state Legislature made criminal justice reforms a priority in 2019 and delivered several important changes to make Michigan a safer place to live, work and raise a family," Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) said in a statement. "Working with Pew Charitable Trusts to organize this task force and give them direction was one of our first steps in the House, and I am glad to see their work coming full circle. ... I look forward to receiving their recommendations and continuing our focus on smarter and more sustainable criminal justice policies in our state in 2020.”

The task force was created in 2019 to review local court procedures and find the areas that most needed reform.

Some alternate solutions to prison reform that have been proposed are "drug and veterans’ treatment courts, sentencing updates, civil asset forfeiture reform, expungement and others," Chatfield's release said.

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