Michigan Lawmakers Push to Fix Indigent Defense

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Legislation aimed at improving legal representation for low-income criminal defendants is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 33-4 to send one bill to Gov. Rick Snyder. Another measure is expected to win passage from the House later in the day.

The legislation would create a permanent state commission to establish standards that ensure effective counsel is given to poor defendants.

Local governments would have to pay for court-appointed defense at average levels spent before the creation of the commission. The state would cover new costs for counties to improve their public defense systems, a cost estimated at $50 million a year.
Michigan is among just seven states that provide no state funding for trial-level public defense services.

WILX.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. Comments may take up to 24 hours or longer to appear on the site.

See full commenting rules...
powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 212161781 - wilx.com/a?a=212161781
Gray Television, Inc.