Lt. gov., chief justice to lead Jail and Pretrial Task Force meeting

A meeting of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration will take place Friday, Oct. 18, at Wayne State University Law School’s Spencer M. Patrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St. in Detroit.

Task Force co-chairs Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II will lead the meeting which is open to the public.

The meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with public testimony from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Following months of data collection and analysis, The Pew Charitable Trusts will present additional findings from their system-wide analysis of Michigan court and jail data. The presentations will also include evaluations of state laws that explain eligibility for discretion and expanding alternatives to jail for arrest, pretrial, sentencing, and community supervision to get a better understanding of how state law impacts county jail populations.

The Task Force was created by an Executive Order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer with a directive to examine the factors affecting jail populations and make recommendations that reduce incarceration trends, promote public safety, and safeguard civil rights. The Task Force is comprised of Michigan leaders including judges, legislators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, county commissioners, and community corrections and victim advocates.

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