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Vetoed Criminal Justice Bill Getting Revived

Jul 10, 2017

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State lawmakers are taking another run at establishing a database for criminal justice information.  The governor vetoed an earlier effort.


Lawmakers say it’s too hard for them to get statewide information about criminal justice statistics.  Things like local jail capacity and return rates – and whether judges are deviating from sentencing guidelines.

Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck is the bill’s sponsor.  He says one remaining hurdle is figuring out who will oversee the information.

“Really just fundamentally comes down to who’s in control, setting the priorities for the data that we’re gonna be looking for from the Criminal Justice Data Management System.”

The governor vetoed the original bill because it wasn’t inclusive enough.  He said several important data sources – like the state police – needed to be involved to make the costly system worth it. 

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org