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File #: 21-0642    Version: 1 Name: 4/5 Ordinance Review Resolution
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/5/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/5/2021 Final action: 4/5/2021
Enactment date: 4/5/2021 Enactment #: R-21-131
Title: Resolution Directing the City Attorney to Review City Ordinances Relating to Police Enforcement
Sponsors: Christopher Taylor, Linh Song, Julie Grand, Travis Radina, Jeff Hayner, Ali Ramlawi, Lisa Disch
Resolution Directing the City Attorney to Review City Ordinances Relating to Police Enforcement
This resolution directs the City Attorney to review the current City Ordinances that are enforced by the Ann Arbor Police Department, excluding those adopted under the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code. As part of the review process, the City Attorney will identify sections where the City Code conflicts with state law, instances of inconsistencies within the City Code itself, or to provide amendment language that reflects best practices in progressive criminal justice reform.
Prepared by: Arianne Slay, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Sponsored by: Mayor Taylor and Councilmembers Song, Grand, Radina and Hayner
Whereas, By Executive Order 2019-10, Governor Gretchen Whitmer commissioned the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to develop recommendations to: expand jail alternatives for those who can remain in the community; safely reduce jail admissions (pre-trial and otherwise), length of stay, and associated social costs; support consistent, objective, and evidence-based pretrial decision-making, provide services and support to crime victims; improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's and counties' justice and public safety systems; and better align criminal justice practices with social science research and constitutional mandates;

Whereas, As a result of the collective efforts and findings of the Task Force, on Jan 4, 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law numerous criminal amendments to the Michigan Compiled Laws, which amendments encourage alternatives to arrest and jail detention, eliminate certain mandatory minimums, reclassify low-level misdemeanors as civil infractions, remove unnecessary driver's license suspensions, and revise parole and probation policies to better accomplish the goals of supervision (collectively, "2021 State Criminal Justice Reform Legislation"), which amendments wer...

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