In January 2020, the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration issued a list of 18 legislative action items that — if enacted — could revolutionize Michigan’s county jails and the lives of the people who come into contact with them.
The first wave of legislation to implement those recommendations was released in June 2020. This first wave of legislation has three goals:
- Eliminating most driver’s license suspensions (not related to public safety)
- Eliminating jail mandatory minimums
- Removing incarceration in jail as an option for some traffic misdemeanor charges (where nobody was harmed or put at risk of harm)