Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration Releases Policy Recommendations to Combat Jail Population Growth

Over the past several decades, Michigan has experienced significant jail population growth for reasons that have eluded policymakers due to insufficient data. To tackle the problem, the state created the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration in 2019. With technical assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the State Court Administrative Office, the task force analyzed 10 years’ worth of arrest and court data and produced 18 recommendations for policymakers, detailed in a subsequent report. Key recommendations include expanding the use of appearance tickets in lieu of arrest and jail time, providing crisis response training for law enforcement officers, presumptively imposing alternatives to jail sentences for non-serious misdemeanors, and establishing new caps on jail time for technical violations of probation and parole conditions.