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All branches of Michigan government on board for new jail task force

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All three branches of Michigan government are on board with a plan to explore the state’s jail system.

This is part of an ongoing trend in Lansing to explore ways to improve the state’s criminal justice system.

Flanked by representatives from the Michigan Supreme Court, state Legislature, and law enforcement – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order creating a new task force.

It will collect data from the jails in the state to learn more about who is in jail and why.

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack will be on the task force.

“Our legal system should feel more like justice for victims and for people accused of crimes. When people are found guilty and sentenced, they should feel that the process was fair.”

The task force will come up with recommendations that go to the state Legislature.