Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got it very nearly right last week in terms of criminal justice reform. The governor signed a package of bills aimed at keeping those who present no threat to public safety out of jail.

The legislation, stemming from a task force she appointed, reduces a number of traffic crimes to civil infractions and reduces parole and probation for many defendants, among other cases. They are smart reforms aimed at reducing recidivism and keeping one-time mistakes from ruining lives. The governor deserves credit for making it happen.

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