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Mich​igan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration​​


Jail Reform Bills Introduced - Task Force member 
Sen. Sylvia Santana, D-Detroit (center); joined by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; and other legislative leaders, announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, more bills aimed at criminal justice reform stemming from the Jail and Pretrial Task Force recommendations. (Photo: WWMT/Mikenzie Frost)

Bills and sponsors:

HB 5846, Rep. Bronna Kahle (R, District 57);
HB 5847, Rep. Luke Meerman (R, District 88);
HB 5848, Rep. Donna Lasinski (D, District 52);
HB 5849, Rep. Mike Mueller (R, District 51);
HB 5850, Rep. Rebekah Warren (D, District 55);
HB 5851, Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D, District 1); and,
HB 5852​, Rep. Lori Stone (D, District 28) eliminate license suspension for violations of the law unrelated to dangerous driving.

HB 5853, Rep. Bronna Kahle, reclassifies many traffic misdemeanors as civil infractions.

HB 5854, Rep. Tim Sneller (D, District 50); 
HB 5855, Rep. Tommy Brann (R, District 77);
HB 5856, Rep. Steven Johnson (R, District 72):
HB 5857, Rep. Jack O’Malley (R, District 101): and,
HB 5844, Rep. Joe Bellino (R, District 17) eliminate mandatory minimum jail sentences in the Motor Vehicle Code, School Code, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Railroad Code, and Public Health Code.

SB 1046, Sen. Roger Victory (R, District 30) expands law enforcement discretion to issue citations for most misdemeanors and presumes citation in lieu of arrest for the lowest-level misdemeanors.

SB 1047, Sen. Jeff Irwin (D, District 18) ensures summonses are used for most first-time failures to appear, allows defendants to resolve low-level warrants without being arrested.

SB 1048, Sen. Sylvia Santana (D, District 3) creates a presumption of a sentence other than jail for most misdemeanors and certain felonies.

SB 1049, Sen. Stephanie Chang (D, District 1) expands eligibility for deferred judgment of guilt to 24- and 25-year-olds under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

SB 1050, Sen. Michael MacDonald (R, District 10) reduces probation terms, tailors probation conditions to address risks and needs, and caps jail sanctions for technical probation violations.

SB 1051​, Sen. Ed McBroom (R, District 38) tailors parole conditions to address risks and needs.




Task Force Co-Chairs talk "Justice & Jobs" at Detroit Economic Club

(l to r): Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack being interviewed by Detroit journalist Nolan Finley during the Detroit Economic Club meeting on January 28.

VIDEO: Chief Justice & Lt. Gov. interview at Detroit Economic Club (Jan. 28, 2020)​


Task Force Co-Chairs presenting Report & Recommendations to Leg. Leaders

(l to r): Sen. Mike Shirkey, Senate Majority Leader; Rep. Lee Chatfield, Speaker of the House; Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II; and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.

Governor Whitmer signing EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 2019-10 Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration 

Governor Whitmer signing Executive Order No. 2019-10.

(Behind Gov. Whitmer, l to r): D.J. Hilson, Muskegon County Prosecutor and President, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan; Stephan Currie, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Counties; State Rep. Lee Chatfield, Speaker of the House; Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II; Chief Justice Bridget McCormack; and Attorney General Dana Nessel​.

VIDEO: Press Conference Announcing the Joint Task Force Initiative​ (April 17, 2019)



 Resource Documents

Jails Task Force Newsletter - August 2020.pdf
Jails Task Force Newsletter - November 2019.pdf
Jails Task Force Newsletter - October 2019.pdf
Jails Task Force Newsletter - September 2019.pdf
EO 2019-10 Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration (signed).pdf
Jails Task Force Newsletter - August 2019.pdf
Michigan letter requesting technical assistance from Pew Charitable Trusts.pdf
​​Getting Justice Right​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​
Task Force Meeting 6 Materials (January 9, 2020, Lansing)​

Task Force Meeting 5 Materials (November 19, 2019, Lansing)​

Task Force Meeting 4 Materials (October 18, 2019, Detroit)​


Task Force Meeting 3 Materials (September 20, 2019, Grand Rapids)

Task Force Meeting 2 Materials (August 23, 2019, Traverse City)


​Task Force Meeting 1 Materials (July 24, 2019, Detroit)