criminal justice

Bipartisan bills boost crisis response and jail diversion programs for people with mental illness

BY: - September 20, 2021

State Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced two bills last week to establish grants funding community crisis and jail intervention programs in localities to address pitfalls in mental health response programs in Michigan.  In 1974, the Community Mental Health code was established in Michigan that created laws and programs to […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

Colleagues of former judge charged with assault say the system failed to protect them

BY: - August 29, 2021

An assault charge against retired Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Judge William Collette earlier this month didn’t surprise some of his former judicial colleagues, who say their reports of his threatening behavior toward them while on the bench were ignored. They contend the problem of bullying and harassment in the court is bigger than Collette, […]

Hartland man sentenced to 6 years in prison for Whitmer kidnapping plot

BY: - August 25, 2021

One of the men who allegedly plotted last year to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her COVID-19 health restrictions was sentenced to prison Wednesday for 6 ¼ years. Hartland resident Ty Garbin, 25, who is one of six men charged in federal court for conspiring to kidnap Whitmer, is the only one to […]

BREAKING: FCC proposes $5M fine for Wohl, Burkman over Michigan election robocall

BY: - August 24, 2021

Updated, 7:56 p.m. 8/24/21, with comments from AG Nessel The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday proposed a $5.13 million fine against Jack Burkman, Jacob Wohl and J.M. Burkman & Associates LLC over a robocall targeting Black Michigan voters before the 2020 election. Burkman and Wohl allegedly concocted and paid for a robocall that targeted […]

Clarkston man to Whitmer: ‘We have been watching and know your every step’

BY: - August 23, 2021

Kevin Dawe, 31, of Clarkston is facing jail time for allegedly sending threatening messages directed at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday. Dawe has been charged with two counts of malicious use of telecommunications services, misdemeanors each punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. “There […]

No, undocumented immigrants don’t commit more crime. Research shows they commit a lot less.

BY: - August 6, 2021

It’s an article of faith in some corners of politics and the media: All those undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border are making crime much worse in the United States. But new research gives the lie to that assertion. And, some border officials say, continuing to promote it will only lead to another racist massacre […]

Son of former Michigan lawmaker sentenced to time served for participating in Jan. 6 insurrection

BY: - August 4, 2021

An Upper Peninsula man who threatened “war everywhere if we let this election get stolen” was sentenced Wednesday to time served after spending six months in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Karl Dresch, 41, of Calumet, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of willfully and knowingly demonstrating in a Capitol building. […]

State House members offer ‘Justice for All’ police reform package

BY: - June 9, 2021

State Reps. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), and Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield) on Tuesday unveiled a plan to fight police misconduct. “Each and every person who lost their life at the hands of the police was a human being who deserved to be respected and protected,” said Yancey who previously worked as an assistant […]

Recent Supreme Court ruling is ‘small step’ toward affirming tribal rights

BY: - June 7, 2021

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week is being seen as a step in the right direction toward untangling complex jurisdictional issues that often result in crimes against Indigenous people going unaddressed in Michigan and elsewhere throughout the country. The case, United States v. Cooley, essentially upholds tribal law enforcement’s authority over non-Natives who […]

More states consider automatic criminal record expungement

BY: - June 2, 2021

Doug Smith spent five years and eight months in a Huntsville, Texas, prison for a felony he committed while suffering from substance use disorder and mental illness. He was released in 2014, rehabilitated but still bound. “I was immediately turned down for 90% of the jobs I applied for because of my record,” Smith recalled […]

Michigan man imprisoned for 32 years is freed after DNA evidence exonerated him of murder

BY: - May 28, 2021

A Michigan man who spent nearly 32 years in prison for murder was released this week after DNA evidence ruled him out as the killer. Gilbert Lee Poole Jr. was sentenced to life in prison in 1989 for the murder of Robert Mejia, who was stabbed to death after leaving a bar in Pontiac. At […]