Representative continues efforts to improve state’s criminal justice system
State Rep. Mike Mueller this week was appointed to the newly created Michigan Jail Reform Advisory Council.
Mueller, of Linden, is a retired sheriff’s deputy who has helped lead the charge on several bipartisan criminal justice reform efforts over the past two years. He also served on the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration in 2019, which studied the state’s jail system and made several recommendations to the Legislature on how to reduce jail populations without compromising public safety.
“With my background in law enforcement, keeping the public safe is always going to be a priority,” Mueller said. “Drawing from my experience, my goal is to help restore faith in the justice system while ensuring law enforcement is appreciated for the difficult job they do in these difficult social times. I’m looking forward to continuing the work we’ve been doing to make our justice system work better for every community in Michigan.”
Data compiled by the 2019 task force showed Michigan jail populations have nearly tripled in the last 35 years, growing regardless of high or low crime rates. With crime now at the lowest rate in 50 years, hundreds of thousands of people are still admitted to Michigan jails every year, and they’re staying longer than ever before.
The Legislature approved many of the task force recommendations with bipartisan support in December 2020, but Mueller said there is more work to be done. The new council will facilitate, assist with, monitor, and evaluate the successful implementation of jail reform legislation in the future.
State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden today unveiled a comprehensive $250 million plan to support local public safety personnel and help them better protect the communities they serve – including an innovative out-of-state recruitment plan to address an officer shortage at local law enforcement agencies.
State Rep. Mike Mueller today commended the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for awarding a Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant that helped attract an expanding automotive supplier to Genesee County.
“Local law enforcement officers need better resources and more financial support to keep our communities safe. That’s why I worked with other former officers in the House to put together an $80 million plan we announced last spring focused on attracting new talent to the profession, developing the skills of existing police officers, funding important services like road patrols and community policing, and offering mental health support.
State Rep. Mike Mueller, chair of the House Government Operations Committee, today led a committee hearing on his plan to better support local law enforcement agencies and help police officers build even better relationships with the communities they serve.