COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Branch County Coalition against Domestic Violence and other such agencies around Michigan may be encouraged with today’s message from Governor Rick Snyder, who is expected to focus on the problem of repeat domestic violence criminals in his special address on public safety. Prosecutors have told lawmakers the state needs to get tough on those offenders.
Former sheriff and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Republican Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says there are simply not enough big consequences and there needs to be consequences for a multiple offender.
According to Jones, "They need to be put away for awhile." Jones also said that the definition of "strangulation" also needs to be refined in a series of domestic violence bills now pending in his committee.
The Governor’s enhanced law enforcement plan would also put some money into State Police crime labs and address bottle necks in some courts. Critics say Snyder has contributed to the problem by slashing revenue sharing, resulting in the layoffs of hundreds of police officers statewide.