Legislation to make changes to the criminal justice system is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.
The legislation is meant to curb the number of incarcerated and supervised people in the state. It’s received support from the Attorney General, law enforcement departments, and the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Chris Gautz is with the MDOC.
“There’s still more to do and so we would encourage the legislature to continue down this path but we think that this is a good start and we’re appreciative of the efforts that have been made so far.”
The bills would create new programs for inmates and people on probation or parole to try and curb recidivism. They would also increase some reporting requirements. Gautz says some of the legislation codifies their department’s current, successful, practices.