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Defunding the Police in Michigan?

So far, Michigan appears more inclined to reform than to defund. On June 6, 2020, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted, “Calls to abolish police departments and destroy their funding sources are not the solution.” Nessel has offered a list of reforms, including the creation of a state-wide police misconduct registry and an independent agency to investigate deaths of persons during police encounters. Read More


When the Police Lie

Police accountability – or lack thereof – made headlines after the murder of George Floyd as concern over physical force grew. Now, some agencies and individuals are taking aim at a subtler form of police violence. Read More


Resisting Operation Legend

Resisting Operation Legend Operation Relentless Pursuit, now Operation Legend, is a federal multi-agency initiative targeting violent crime launched by Attorney General William Barr. This “surge” in policing, militarization, and surveillance is a centerpiece of President Trump’s “law and order” campaign strategy. Read More


COVID-19 Pleadings and Resources for Attorneys and Advocates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for the defender community to advocate for the release of incarcerated individuals. Keeping people unnecessarily incarcerated dangers public health and safety. SADO has created and gathered sample pleadings, information, and resources here. This page will be continually updated. Read More


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This project was funded by the Byrne JAG grant #2010-DJ-BX-0003, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan state Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ.