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MIDC Publishes First Set of Proposed Minimum Standards

Public Hearing Scheduled for August 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm in Lansing

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) published its first set of Proposed Minimum Standards for the local delivery of indigent criminal defense services throughout the state.  The four standards cover the following areas: (1) Education and Training of Defense Counsel, (2) Initial Attorney/Client Interview, (3) Investigation and Expert Witnesses, and (4) Timing for Appointment of Counsel. Read More


Legislative Updates - Presumptive Parole and Felony Firearm Reform

A bill that would create a presumption of parole (HB 4138) and a bill that would eliminate the 2-year mandatory minimum sentence for a felony firearm conviction (HB 4419), were introduced in the House on June 16, 2015. The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 8-1 to report a bill to the House Floor that establishes a statutory presumption of parole under certain circumstances. Read More


Doe v. Snyder: The US District Court Finds Certain Provisions of SORA Unconstitutional

The federal district court declared unconstitutional, and enjoined enforcement of, four provisions of the Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act in Doe v. Snyder, __F. Supp. 3d (#2:12-CV-11194, decided 3-31-15). The Attorney General’s Office will be appealing this decision and the ACLU will be filing a cross-appeal.  Follow the case developments by visiting the ACLU website. There you will find additional resources regarding the implications of this opinion, including a FAQ Fact Sheet for Registrants and a Legislative Fact Sheet for practitioners. Read More


SADO Hosts Informational Session for Friends and Family

Next session: Thursday August 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm 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


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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.