LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Ingham county prosecutor says extra adjustments could also be coming to the legal justice system in hopes of constructing it extra equitable.
Prosecutor Carol Siemon is teaming up with the Vera Institute of Justice to research knowledge in Ingham County.
All the things from who will get arrested most, for what, and for a way lengthy.
The information isn’t closing, however based mostly on what researchers have analyzed thus far, they are saying Black individuals are greater than 5 instances extra prone to be charged for a criminal offense.
One other takeaway is that Black individuals are additionally charged extra with felonies and weapons fees.
Siemon says the adjustments she’s already carried out are serving to create a extra honest and justice system. This consists of lowering how usually her workplace prosecutes felony firearms fees and never issuing fees from some visitors stops.
However she says that is only the start.
“We began implementing completely different insurance policies however as we get elevated knowledge we’ve got to take a look at what the reasoning is for the disparities. After which as we’re ensuring if it’s an inappropriate cause and we’re assuming that it’s, however we don’t know in all situations how will we craft a coverage that addresses that.”
Now it’s no secret that native enforcement isn’t on board with a few of Siemon’s actions, saying a few of her insurance policies give criminals a free move.
A closing report is predicted to be revealed by the spring of 2022.