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Fighting For Change Together: New Wash Co Prosecutor Works With Community Activists On A New Path

Dec 10, 2020

Washtenaw County Courthouse in Ann Arbor
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When the new Washtenaw County prosecutor takes office, there will be some big changes in how the department operates and the impact on the community.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with county prosecutor-elect Eli Savit and community activist Trische' Duckworth part of his "kitchen cabinet" offering input and advice as he moves in to the office.


Washtenaw County Prosecutor-elect Eli Savit
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Saying he is hopeful movement is growing leading to real and sustainable change for the better, Washtenaw County Prosecutor-elect Eli Savit says he is bringing a variety of perspectives to the department when he takes over.

Among those working closely with the new prosecutor is someone who had actively demonstrated against the outgoing prosecutor, the founder and executive director of Survivors Speak, Trische' Duckworth.

Survivors Speak founder/executive director Trische' Duckworth
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She says she will be the voice of the people and to remind the prosecutor and those working for him as one of the people sitting at the table, reminding them that "the office belongs to the people and should be operated accordingly."

Savat says he is aware of the disparities in the criminal justice system and one of the first things he plans to do is establish an independent unit to investigate credible claims of wrongful convictions.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu