Comprehensive Indigent Defense Reform Advances in Michigan

House Bill 5804, legislation implementing recommendations from a report completed by the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Indigent Defense to fix Michigan’s broken indigent defense system, passed the Michigan House of Representatives on November 8 with 71 “yea” votes and 36 “nays.”  Earlier this fall, TCP’s National Right to Counsel co-chairs weighed in with a letter supporting the legislation and refuting concerns expressed by the state’s attorney general.  Their letter was referenced by Judge Thomas Boyd, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission, during his testimony before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee.  TCP will continue working with allies in Michigan as the proposal moves to the state senate.

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