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06-06-2014, 03:13 PM
Michigan House approves McMillin legislation to protect children, families in abuse cases

June 4, 2014

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation to protect Michigan children and families during abuse investigations by requiring the state and law enforcement to video record its interviews of children, state Rep. Tom McMillin announced.

“Any case of abuse is horrific, especially when it could involve children, so we must do all we can to make sure justice is served,” said McMillin, R-Rochester Hills. “Recording these important interviews will provide an impartial and exact representation of any discussions involving children, and alleviate the need to rely on potentially unreliable notes or memories.

“We’re talking about the possibility of taking young children away from their mothers or fathers, so it’s imperative that our criminal justice system gets it right.”

House Bill 5270, introduced by McMillin, requires the Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services and law enforcement to keep the video recordings for at least one year after the resolution of any court proceedings and allow judges to issue court orders to provide defendants access to the recordings.

In 2006, the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect recommended that, as a best practice, Child Protective Services video record investigative forensic interviews of children at child advocacy centers or in similar settings.

“Law enforcement already use video technology to help build a case and find the facts, and it makes sense to use this type of method when it comes to abuse cases,” McMillin said.

The bill, which is part of a bipartisan package of bills, now heads to the Senate for consideration.


06-06-2014, 03:16 PM
Good bill. Although law enforcement should be required to videotape 100% of their interactions with mundanes.