Gilchrist, along with McCormack, led one of the state’s most comprehensive efforts to date to study and reform the state’s jail system
The Detroit News
Amid two years of divided government and a 9-month pandemic, one of the state’s largest bipartisan collaborations on criminal justice reform to date brought together Michigan’s executive, judicial and legislative branches for real change.
The Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration gathered some of the first comprehensive data from Michigan’s courts and jails, focused on the issues swelling the state’s jail populations and pushed for systemic change in the jails and courts.
Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist helmed the endeavor as co-chairs. But both are quick to note the task force was made up of more than a dozen bipartisan stakeholders from law enforcement, counties, the Legislature, judges, prosecutors, victims rights advocates, the