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SADO/CDRC Expert Witnesses Database Updated

The Expert Witnesses Database on SADO’s website has been updated with transcripts from 100 recent cases featuring expert witnesses in a variety of fields, such as Alcohol Blood Analysis, Forensic Accounting, and Memory Disorders. Read more


3-Day Appellate Writing Workshop

Last day to apply for registration is 5/5/17

MAACS Roster Attorneys are invited to attend this 3-day writing workshop designed specifically for criminal appellate practitioners. At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will walk away with practical tools and skills for improving the quality of their writing. Attendees will learn how to develop a compelling statement of facts, identify and select persuasive legal issues, and improve oral advocacy skills. Attendees will use a mock trial case file or a case from their own caseload to work on during the small group brainstorming and writing sessions. Read more


SADO Hosts Informational Session for Friends and Family

Next Session: May 16, 2017 in Detroit

Join SADO for an Informational Session on what to expect after a loved one is convicted of a crime and sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections. SADO staff will be on hand to address the process of appealing a conviction and how an appeal is different from the trial or plea proceedings, and will inform attendees on the visiting policies of the MDOC, how to communicate and stay connected with your incarcerated loved ones, and more. Read more


"Field Days" interviews SADO mitigation specialist Pete Martel

Pete Martel, SADO mitigation specialist, was recently interviewed on “Field Days,” a Michigan Department of Corrections podcast hosted by Greg Staub and Chris Gautz. In the interview, Pete describes his incredible life journey from prison to paralegal to his current position with SADO. Read More


Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Update March 2017

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission submitted the first set of standards for indigent defense delivery systems to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) on February 6, 2017.  These standards involve education and training, the initial client interview, experts and investigators, and counsel at first appearance and other critical stages in front of a judge. Read More


SADO's Challenges and Triumphs on Juvenile Lifers Featured in Detroit Free Press

SADO made front page headlines in the Detroit Free Press Thursday (2/9/2017) with a story highlighting the growing success our attorneys are having in representing juveniles once sentenced to die behind bars. So far, 50 Michigan prisoners, many of them SADO clients, have been re-sentenced, in keeping with recent United States Supreme Court rulings that it is unconstitutional to send children to prison for life. Five have been released on parole. Read More


SADO's Juvenile Lifer Unit Secures Term of Years Sentences for Clients formerly Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Michigan's Juvenile Lifers--individuals sentenced to mandatory life without parole for offenses they committed as children age 17 years old or under--are entitled to resentencing following Montgomery v Louisiana, __ US __; (Docket No. 14-280, issued 1/25/16), and pursuant to the procedures set forth in MCL 769.25a. In July 2016, prosecutor offices around the state filed motions seeking the re-imposition of life without parole sentences for approximately 229 of Michigan's approximately 363 juvenile lifers. Resentencing hearings will take place over an expanded period of time. In these cases, the prosecution will continue to seek the re-imposition of a life sentence while defense counsel will seek the imposition of a term of years sentence, the minimum of which can be between 25 to 40 years and the maximum of which is 60 years, pursuant to MCL 769.25a. Read More


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This project was funded by the Byrne JAG grant #2010-DJ-BX-0003, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan state Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ.