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Dawn Van Hoek, Michigan’s Appellate Defender, to retire in February

Dawn Van Hoek will retire in February, 2018, from her position as Michigan’s Appellate Defender, where she manages the State’s indigent appellate defense system, consisting of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) and the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS). A public defender throughout her 42-year legal career, Ms. Van Hoek contributed to the transformation of the criminal justice system in Michigan, including adoption of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) Act in 2013. Read More


SADO's Project Reentry Presents "Your Best Life Reentry Workshop Series"

Next Workshop - March 21, 2018: "Taxpayer Information Session"

SADO’s Project Reentry facilitates the Your Best Life Reentry Workshop Series aimed at assisting returning citizens with essential life skills necessary for a successful transition home. These workshops are primarily geared toward reentering juvenile lifers, but all returning citizens are welcome. SADO has hosted eight workshops focused on technology, employment, finances, general support, and relationships. The next workshop, Taxpayer Information Session, will be held on March 21, 2018. Attendees with engage in interactive learning around paying taxes, filing a tax return, and resolving issues with the Internal Revenue Service. After the learning session, facilitators will be available to answer questions one-on-one. Read More


Project Reentry Publishes Newsletter for Returning Citizens

Articles, Stories, and Resources for the JLWOP Community

TheDrum is a publication, produced by SADO’s Project Reentry, featuring articles by and for former juvenile lifers returning to the community. TheDrum also identifies a wide variety of resources for returning citizens, including financial budgeting, employment opportunities, and community tips. It also includes articles from returning citizens describing their struggles and successes. Editor Brook Wolters writes, “We often hear stories from you of success and struggles, questions, and feelings of joy and loneliness. We want TheDrum to be a place where these things can be addressed by members of the JLWOP community, and to serve as a reminder that you are not alone.” Read More


Supreme Court Reinstates Trial Court Order Removing Defendant from Sex Offender Registry

People v Boban Temelkoski, ___ Mich ___ (entered January 24, 2018, Docket No. 150643).

In a dispostive order, the Michigan Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated the trial court’s order removing the defendant from the sex offender registry because requiring defendant to register violated due process. People v Boban Temelkoski, ___ Mich ___ (entered January 24, 2018, Docket No. 150643). Requiring Temelkoski to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) violated his right to due process because (1) he pleaded guilty in reasonable reliance on the possibility of receiving a sentence under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA); (2) at the time of Temelkoski’s  sentencing, the HYTA provided that, after successful completion of probation, a youthful trainee “shall not suffer a civil disability”; and (3) registration under SORA is a civil disability. Read More


SADO's Juvenile Lifer Unit Secures Term of Years Sentences for Clients formerly Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Michigan's Juvenile Lifers--individuals sentenced to mandatory life without parole for offenses they committed as children age 17 years old or under--are entitled to resentencing following Montgomery v Louisiana, __ US __; (Docket No. 14-280, issued 1/25/16), and pursuant to the procedures set forth in MCL 769.25a. In July 2016, prosecutor offices around the state filed motions seeking the re-imposition of life without parole sentences for approximately 229 of Michigan's approximately 363 juvenile lifers. Resentencing hearings will take place over an expanded period of time. In these cases, the prosecution will continue to seek the re-imposition of a life sentence while defense counsel will seek the imposition of a term of years sentence, the minimum of which can be between 25 to 40 years and the maximum of which is 60 years, pursuant to MCL 769.25a. 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.