SADO Offers Guide to Commutation Process

Guide Available for Purchase Now

The Criminal Defense Resource Center of the State Appellate Defender Office is pleased to announce the release of a new publication: the Defender Guide to Michigan’s Commutation Process, an approximately 40-page soft-bound 8 ½" by 11" manual.  Written by Frank Rodriguez, a Paralegal with SADO since 2011, this guide offers unique insight into a complicated process unknown to many.  Prior to his employment with SADO, Mr. Rodriguez was a former inmate in the Michigan Department of Corrections and served many years in prison before successfully preparing his own commutation application.  At that time, Mr. Rodriguez saw a need for a Guide to navigate the process and none existed prior to this publication.  The Defender Guide to Michigan’s Commutation Process explains all relevant constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative rules and policy directives while providing helpful tips throughout to write a successful application. A soft copy of the guide is available online free to subscribers. Hard copies are available for $8 on our website's Products page or through our order form.