Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack says Michigan has a chance to become a model among other states on criminal justice reform. Chief Justice McCormack has co-chaired a task force aimed at minimizing the growing jail population in the state.
“In some ways, our task force work has put Michigan in a position to be a national leader in jail and pre-trial reform,” says McCormack. She adds that arrest diversion and deflection is among the most important consensus recommendations the task force has produced.
On courts re-opening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, McCormack says that the courts want to make sure that remote technology being used for some cases is accessible and transparent. Safety for those who will be appearing in person at court will also be of the upmost importance.
“It would be a terrible mistake to not get it right. We’re going to get it right,” says McCormack.