indigent defense

Radio Made in Michigan
6:06 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Legislation will overhaul Michigan's flawed indigent defense system

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes it clear:  any citizen accused of a crime will -- if necessary -- have access to qualified legal representation in court.  Many legal professionals think that guarantee has been seriously compromised in Michigan for many years.  The state often ranks low in assessments of its indigent defense system.  After decades of failed efforts to reform the system, both the state Senate and House sent bipartisan bills on Wednesday to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk that would offer some concrete changes.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:04 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Bills To Create Public Defender Commission Re-Introduced

Credit WKAR File Photo

A set of bills was just introduced in the Legislature to begin the process of overhauling Michigan’s public defender system.

Read more
NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

State House Passes Overhaul To Michigan’s Criminal Defense System

A plan to change the way Michigan counties appoint public defenders is headed to the state Senate.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Public Defense Bill Stalled in Committee

southerfried morgueFile

The state Attorney General has stalled a plan to overhaul Michigan’s public defense system.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Senator: Representing Children, Mentally Ill Should Be Public Defense Specialty

WKAR file photo

Hearings are supposed to begin this summer on plans to ensure poor defendants get a fair shake in the legal system.

Read more
NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Commission Recommends Agency to Oversee Indigent Defense

southerfried morgueFile

A commission appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to look at how Michigan ensures everyone accused of a crime gets a decent legal defense has made its recommendations.

Read more