Editorial: Don’t forget victims in criminal reforms

Victims should never get lost in discussions on reforming Michigan’s criminal2014 246950604-TDNBrd_11-06-2014_D_1_B002~~2014~11~05~IMG_Governor_Michigan_.jpg justice system. Prosecuting criminals is critical to public safety, as is making sure those convicted are properly punished.

But any comprehensive corrections reform must include substantial help for victims, who often suffer trauma as well as financial loss.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s detailed plan to improve Michigan’s criminal justice system has provisions geared for victims.

“The victims’ side is where I want to start when we have the discussion about working to improve public safety,” Snyder says. “It should be our first priority.”  Read More