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Improve legal representation for poor

A new commission will investigate how to improve legal representation provided to low-income criminal defendants in Michigan.

This is needed because the quality of legal representation provided to defendants who are unable to pay for their own legal defense varies greatly across the state. A core principle of our criminal justice system is to guarantee that an individual charged with a crime be entitled to legal representation, even if they are unable to hire private counsel.

Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #264039 , Oct 13, 2011

Collect prisoner DNA samples to help solve cold cases

Prisoners will be required to provide DNA samples at the beginning of their sentence instead of just before being released.

Senate Bill 346 requires collection of a prisoner's DNA sample within three months of incarceration, which will help police solve cold cases sooner by giving them the ability to match samples to other unsolved crimes, identify suspects and then interrogate prisoners while they are still in custody. This will bring relief to victims of violent crimes and their families.

Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #259717 , Jul 21, 2011

Parole decisions by Dept. of Corrections, not Governor

Responsibility for parole decisions is now out of the governor's office and back to the Department of Corrections. The move is aimed at streamlining government and allowing more efficient implementation of corrections policies by the department director.

We need to let the professionals in the corrections department determine whether it's appropriate to release prisoners. This change will remove an unneeded layer of bureaucracy and save taxpayers money.

Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #251086 , Feb 7, 2011

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