Public Safety

IThe Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) prepared this report as part of our ongoing effort to provide relevant data regarding our criminal justice system. The report will assist in facilitating an open and objective discussion about our prisons, violent crime and public safety. We believe the success and future growth of Michigan ... Michigan Prisoners, Violent Crime and Public Safety:  A Prosecutor's Report

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The 99th Legislative Session in Michigan

Each legislative session is two years long. The current legislative session will end in December 2018.  In Michigan, House Representatives may serve three, two-year terms for a total of six years. In the Senate, members may serve two, four-year terms.


PAAM President

Tom Weichel, PAAM President

Welcome to the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan!  


Child Abuse and Neglect: What You Should Know

What are the types of child abuse and neglect?
  Definitions of abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect (known also as emotional abuse.)

Harm to children can result from:  

  • Physical injury, such as beatings, burns and bites.
  • Constant criticism, insults, the withholding of love.
  • Rape, fondling of the genitals, incest.
  • The failure to provide food, clothing, shelter or medical care.     

Who abuses children - and where?
  Most child abuse occurs in the family home. Parents, siblings and visitors can all inflict abuse.

How can you tell if a child is being abused?

Children who are physically abused may:

  •   Be nervous around adults.
  •   Be watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen.
  •   Have difficulty playing.
  •   Act aggressive to adults and other children.
  •   Be unable to concentrate at school.
  •   Suddenly underachieve - or overachieve - at school.
  •   Find it difficult to trust other people and make friends.
  •   Arrive at school too early, or leave after the other children.

Children who are sexually abused may:

  •   Behave differently when the abuse starts.
  •   Care less about their appearance, or their health.
  •   Talk or act sexually at too early an age.
  •   Be secretive and stop talking about home-life.
  •   Start soiling themselves.
  •   Be unable to sleep.
  •   Suddenly find physical contact frightening.
  •   Run away from home.

Children who are neglected or emotionally abused may:

  •   Have difficulty learning to talk.
  •   Find it hard to develop close relationships.
  •   Be over-friendly with strangers.
  •   Be unable to play imaginatively.
  •   Think badly of themselves.
  •   Underachieve at school.

Remember: none of these signs prove that child abuse is present, since any of them may be noticeable at one time or another. But when they occur repeatedly or in combination with one another, the child may be suffering abuse.

To help prevent child abuse, you can:

  •   Be a nurturing parent!
  •   Help a friend, neighbor or relative if they are having difficulty with their child(ren).
  •   Get involved - advocate for services to help families.
  •   Volunteer at a local child abuse program.
  •   Help to develop parenting resources at your local library.

The above information provided courtesy of Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island


Crime Victim Information

Anatomy of a Criminal Case

The steps taken during the course of a criminal case can be confusing.  The following summary will explain how a case generally progresses through Michigan's criminal justice system. Specific procedures may be - MORE