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Last year, against a challenging backdrop of a public health crisis and political turmoil, Michigan leaders took bold moves to make residents of our state safer. Bipartisan leaders in the Legislature paved the way for creating four new trauma recovery centers that would help hard-to-reach victims of crime in Michigan recover from their injuries.
They also enacted Clean Slate legislation to remove some of the obstacles that people living with past convictions face in seeking stable, productive lives for themselves and their families. I was proud to speak at the governor’s ceremonial signing of the bipartisan bill.
As a survivor of crime, I am hopeful that Michigan will continue taking steps to support crime victims and make communities safer. The state can start by shifting our safety priorities towards modernizing the state’s victim compensation program to better help survivors.
Despite Michigan spending nearly $2 billion (one-fifth of our state’s general fund budget) on its prison system, crime victims like me don’t receive access to the support we need to recover. There are immense barriers to the state’s crime victim compensation program, which can help people with medical care, mental health counseling and other supports.
In fact, Michigan’s victim compensation program has the lowest application rate of any state in the country, and a higher denial rate than the national average. Even if a crime survivor is lucky enough to actually access the program, we still are shortchanged by the state’s below average level of coverage. Whether trying to make up for lost wages as a result of being victimized or attempting to relocate for our safety, the program falls far short of helping us get to safety.
In order to help heal trauma in communities and stop the cycle of crime, the Legislature should remove the barriers to this program and modernize its levels of support for crime victims.