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Michigan Supreme Court Expansion of Youth Sentencing, State Appellate Defender Office Response, and What’s Next

A decision of the United States Supreme Court in 2016 created an extraordinary constitutional crisis involving 364 children serving life without parole sentences in Michigan. Montgomery v. Louisiana (footnote 1) required resentencing of all people serving mandatory sentences of life without parole for offenses committed as youth because the sentences violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Read more

SADO and MAACS Fall Training Offers 20 Complimentary, High Quality CLE Hours

Via Zoom on Oct. 11, 17, 19, and 24

Criminal defense attorneys looking for high quality training and complimentary CLE hours should look to register for the upcoming SADO and MAACS Annual Appellate Defender Fall Training. Training is offered from local and national faculty and covers such topics as racism and appellate advocacy, resentencings and mitigation and reentry, persuasive writing, using experts on appeal, building client relationships, case law updates, cultural humility, 6.500 motions, e-briefing, and more. Read more

MSP Lab Stops THC Blood Tests Amid Accuracy Concerns

The Michigan State Police Crime Lab notified prosecutors across the state that it is halting the processing of THC blood samples due to accuracy concerns on August 25, according to an MLive article. Read more

Listen To ‘From The Numbers’

Storytellers Share Their Stories of Redemption

Safe & Just Michigan, in partnership with Muskegon-based Fresh Coast Alliance, is excited to launch ‘From the Numbers,’ a new storytelling-based project that will  Read more

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This project was funded by the Byrne JAG grant #2010-DJ-BX-0003, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan state Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ.