About the Michigan Campaign for Justice

The Campaign for Justice heads a broad-based group of organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum fighting for a constitutional public defense system in Michigan. 



Read about thirteen Michigan men who were failed by Michiganís public defense system. Michiganís public defense system is failing. Click here to read the report card.

Announcements & Recent News

3/13/14 The Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Senate approved Senate Bill 608, a supplemental appropriations bill that provides funding for the current fiscal year (ending September 30, 2014). That bill provides $750,000 for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. You can read the bill and its analysis here.

2/5/14 Governor Snyder has not yet appointed members of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. However, Governor Snyder included $1 million in funding for the new commission. For details, follow this link and see page 67.

We did it! Historic indigent defense legislation passed the House and Senate and was signed by Governor Snyder! Read the Campaign's press release on passage here. Governor Snyder's release is  here. We've updated our legislation page to include the press conference - click to view.

Michigan Supreme Court orders review of case featured in "Faces of Failing Public Defense Systems". A St. Clair County Court will review Temujin Kensu's case.

March 18 marks the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's Gideon decision. Click to read a resolution from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. The Michigan Senate resolution is here. The Michigan House resolution is here.

The Constitution Project recently released a 30-minute documentary about Gideon and combines stories from today with historical footage of Clarence Gideon's story. You can watch the film here.

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Faces of a Failing Public Defense System


Mr. Carter’s conviction in Wayne County was overturned in 2010 after 35 years served.

The cost of incarceration: $1,050,000.

What went wrong: Edward George Carter’s attorney did not investigate the facts of the case or interview potential alibi witnesses, failed to challenge a suggestive photo line up, and did not introduce forensic evidence at trial that would have exonerated Mr. Carter. Click here to read more.





Mr. Mardlin’s conviction in St. Clair County was reversed in the Michigan Court of Appeals in January 2012.

The cost of incarceration: $90,000 (3 years)

What went wrong: The trial court declined to provide his public defense attorney with the funds to retain an electrical expert.

Click here to read more.




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Mr. Tucker’s conviction in Wayne County was overturned in 1998 and charges were dismissed.

The cost of incarceration: $120,000 (4 years).

When went wrong: Mr. Tucker’s public defense attorney completely failed to investigate the charges against him or prepare for trial.