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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Controversial Adopt and Amend

Jun 28, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on July 17 regarding the legality of the legislature adopting a ballot initiative, only to amend it shortly thereafter. Specifically, this case deals with the ballot initiatives changing the state’s minimum wage and sick time leave laws, which were headed for the ballot in 2018. As allowable […]

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House and Senate File Lawsuit Challenging Attorney General Opinion

Jun 07, 2019

This week, the Michigan House and Senate filed two lawsuits against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for refusing to follow the 2018 petition initiative law that Attorney General Dana Nessel declared unconstitutional through an official opinion. The 2018 law, passed by the legislature and approved by former Governor Rick Snyder, required that not more than […]

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Bipartisan Group to Review Michigan’s Criminal Justice System

Apr 19, 2019

The state’s jail and court data will be reviewed under an Executive Order signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday. E.O. 2019-10 forms the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, who will review the data to look for expanded alternatives to jail, safely reduce jail admissions and length of stay, and improve the […]

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Raise the Age Continues Forward Momentum

Apr 19, 2019

Seventeen-year-olds would be treated as juveniles in the criminal justice system under legislation reported by the House Judiciary Committee this week. Currently, Michigan is one of four states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults. Under the bipartisan package, beginning October 1, 2021, seventeen-year-olds would be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances. […]

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Attorney General Launches Unit Addressing Wrongful Convictions

Apr 12, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel launched a new Conviction Integrity Unit to investigate credible claims of innocence. Housed within the department’s Criminal Appellate Division, the new unit will be led by Robyn B. Frankel, who has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years and has expertise in trial and appellate court proceedings in both […]

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Elder Abuse Task Force Formed

Mar 29, 2019

As the number of elder abuse victims continues to rise, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan Supreme Court Justices banded together to create a task force to tackle the problem. More than 30 different organizations including law enforcement, state agencies, the Michigan House, Senate and Congressional delegation, and advocacy groups have committee to being […]

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Bail System Reforms Announced

Mar 15, 2019

Unless a person accused of a crime poses a danger to society, or is a flight risk, they would be released from custody pre-trial under a package announced today. Working in a bipartisan, and bicameral manner, members of the House and Senate, along with Attorney General Dana Nessel, announced the packages reforming the bail system, […]

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Senate Seeks to Raise the Age

Feb 22, 2019

Echoing the House, the Senate introduced their own package that would ‘Raise the Age’ to treat 17-year-old offenders as juveniles. Under current Michigan law, 17-year-olds are automatically prosecuted as adults, even for non-violent offenses. The 14-bill bipartisan Senate package would treat those 17-year-olds as minors in most instances but would allow for 17-year-olds to be […]

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