The information below is adapted from this document.
The purpose of requiring bail is to ensure a charged – but unconvicted –defendant’s appearance in court and to protect the public until a trial. Unfortunately, thousands of individuals in Michigan are held every day on low bonds, set neither because of safety concerns nor flight risk. Nationally, over the last two decades we have seen an increase in county jail populations caused almost entirely by an increase in pre-trial detainees who cannot afford even modest cash bail. In Michigan, approximately 41% of the county jail population of around 15,000 are there because they are unable to post bond. Pre-trial jailing of Michigan residents harms their lives and families, is disruptive to employers and landlords, and costs taxpayers around $150 million annually.
Call the following members of the House Judiciary Committee:
Graham Filler (R) Committee Chair, 93rd District: 517-373-1778
Diana Farrington (R) 30th District: 517-373-7768
Daire Rendon (R) 103rd District: 517-373-3817
Ryan Berman (R) 39th District: 517-373-1799
Douglas Wozniak (R) 36th District: 517-373-0843
Vanessa Guerra (D) 95th District: 517-373-0152
Brian Elder (D) 96th District: 517-373-0158
Kyra Bolden (D) 35th District: 517-373-1788
Hi, I’m calling to urge Representative _______ to support the Bail Reform Package. Pre-trial jailing of Michigan residents harms their lives and families, is disruptive to employers and landlords, and costs taxpayers around $150 million annually. This bill package will fix our broken system by giving courts the information that they need to set affordable cash bonds, creating consistency among courts, and requiring courts to put bail determinations on the record. We shouldn’t be putting unconvicted and non-dangerous individuals in jail; you can be the change our state needs.