Whitmer orders jail study, says status quo ‘isn’t working’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is ordering a comprehensive review of Michigan’s jail and pretrial incarceration system, saying the status quo “isn’t working.”

Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order to begin a bipartisan study of jail and court data. She says jail populations have nearly tripled in the last 35 years and crime is at a 50-year low.

A 21-member task force will work with The Pew Charitable Trusts and make recommendations by year’s end.

Joining the Democratic governor at the signing of the order were Chief Justice Bridge McCormack, Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel, sheriffs and county officials.

McCormack and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist will lead the task force.

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  • steve

    I want to know where she found the figures of jail population tripling and crime at a fifty year low. I don’t believe what she’s saying and even if she names a source, I’d still say bull. Sounds like the beginning of a wholesale get out of jail free card for current prisoners to me. But, when her Attorney General vows to defy laws dealing with abortion and she agrees, no one should be surprised.

  • Lennie Briscoe

    Maybe the crime rate is at a 50 year low because triple the number of criminals are going to jail. Sounds like putting crininals in jail is lowering the crime rate. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has a problem with that?

  • Whitey

    Longer jail sentences is the only way to keep these idiots from committing crimes. Also implement the 3 strikes law. Put these career felons behind bars forever. That is how you clean up the streets and eventually deter crime.

  • J.B.

    The far left wing political activist as she shifts gears from “Election Promises” to “Social Justice Panderer” now that political office has been achieved.
    Enjoy the ride Michigan.

  • C

    The number of prisoners tripling from 35 years ago? According to a report from the Prosecuror’s Association of Michigan in July, 2018, the prison population Michigan fell from 51,554 in 2007 to 38,910 as of June,2018. That’s about a decrease of 12,500. That’s about a 24% decrease A 300% increase equals a 24% decrease? Sure, if use Whitmer math.

    • steve

      If the prison population in 1984 was about 120,00 she’d be right, but I seriously doubt it. And if, the prison population overcrowding is that bad, why is the state closing some of its facilities?

  • C

    I just had the censor trash a comment dealing with the prison population actually decreasing in the state, not tripling. The figures of prison population and time were taken from a publication of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Apparently the censor didn’t like what the report said or doubted its veracity. I’d like to point out that the PAAM is made up of the prosecuting attorneys of all 83 counties plus the Attorney General of Michigan. They probably have a pretty good idea of what’s happening.

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