Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you’ll join me for a special town hall tonight to discuss justice reform in Michigan, including my plan to reform our state’s cash bail system.
Under the current system, many people wait for trial in county jails for weeks or even months for no other reason than they can’t meet bail, even if they are eventually found innocent. This also costs taxpayers millions of dollars to house and feed them. My plan would make releasing someone on their own recognizance the standard, unless someone is found by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others, or if they are unlikely to return to court for future appearances. We will also be discussing other restorative justice measures, such as expungement and the upcoming end to driver responsibility fees.
I hope to see you — and more importantly, hear from you — at the justice reform town hall. It will be held Monday, April 9, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the GRPS Administration Building, located at 1331 Franklin Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.
State Representative David LaGrand
75th House District