Mich. crime victims get more notice under new law

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A law signed this week by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley requires that Michigan crime victims be notified of certain situations involving the defendants who perpetrated crimes against them.

If a parolee absconds, victims must be notified. They also must get a heads up from the state when the governor denies a commutation or when the inmate dies in prison.

The requirements are being hailed by Attorney General Bill Schuette and lawmakers who say crime victims deserve to stay informed. The law also let victims show exhibits at parole hearings.

Another bill signed by Calley restricts child porn defendants from accessing evidence of the porn before trial. Schuette says children shouldn't be re-victimized.

The bills are Senate Bills 1211 and 1313.

Calley signed the legislation because Snyder is outside the state.

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