Michigan Senate approves criminal justice, occupational licensing reform for veterans

The Michigan Senate on Thursday passed criminal justice and occupational licensing reform.

Sen. Sylvia Santana, D-Detroit, said it’s been “a long journey” through the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration.

“We were locking people up for minor violations like failure to appear, and also insurance issues in our jails,” Santana said pre-vote.

“Because of that, people were losing out on their economic stability. So today. We’re taking an opportunity to make that wrong right, and … make sure we are not using dollars and resources unnecessarily.”

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