House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, speaks against House Bills 4556-4560 at a news conference with crime victims and fellow legislators on Thursday, May 25.
Victims speak out against horrifying proposal to release violent prisoners
House Republican Leader Matt Hall joined crime victims on Thursday and lambasted egregious new legislation spearheaded by leading House Democrats that could let murderers, rapists, domestic abusers, and other dangerous criminals out of prison early.
House Bills 4556-4560, introduced last week by Rep. Kara Hope — the chair of the Criminal Justice Committee — and other key Democrat leaders, would allow almost all criminals in Michigan prisons to request a reduced sentence after only 10 years in prison. Hall criticized the bills, which would let even serial killers and other murderers sentenced to life without the possibility of parole to have their remaining sentences reduced or eliminated.
“Michiganders want public safety in our communities, but House Democrats are pushing radical, unprecedented plans to let dangerous criminals roam our neighborhoods,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “The Democrats’ newest, extreme proposal could release the most brutal murderers and rapists from prison and inject them back into our communities. This horrifying legislation disregards victims and obliterates the safety that the people of Michigan deserve.”
Under the bills, more than 17,000 dangerous criminals in Michigan would be eligible to request a lower sentence in the future, including more than 5,100 murderers, 1,700 criminal sexual offenders, and 1,000 armed robbers who would be immediately eligible for resentencing. The bills would make it difficult for victims and law enforcement to prevent a violent criminal from getting a reduced sentence and returning to the streets to put victims and other Michigan residents at risk.
Even Jason Dalton, the Kalamazoo Uber shooter who does not meet the legislation’s narrow “mass shooting” exception, could have his life sentence reduced after only 10 years.
“This year, the Democrat majority has been consumed with an extreme agenda that is making life more expensive in our state, but even more costs on Michiganders are coming next,” said Hall, R-Richland Township.
“Democrats are throwing out local control to force solar panels all over our small towns and windmills all over our farmland, and they’re doing it just to make a few activists happy,” Hall said. “The people I talk to are concerned about recent power outages, and they’re concerned about their monthly bills. The Democrat plan does nothing to solve those problems.”
“These numbers reveal that people don’t want to start or raise their families in Michigan, as they move to states with lower taxes, high-paying careers, good roads and bridges, quality education, and safe communities,” Hall said.