Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney

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    Steven A. Freeman

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    Doug Lloyd

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What are your top three priorities for your office if elected?

What is the most critical issue facing your office?

What will you do in your first month in office?

What specific actions, if any, can the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and its assistant prosecutors take in addressing the growing problems of heroin and illegal prescription painkiller use?

What changes, if any, should be made to the juvenile justice system?

How should court fines and costs be imposed when a significant portion of defendants are considered indigent?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? If not, please explain.

Have you been disciplined by the state Attorney Discipline Board? If so, when and what for?

Home address Dimondale
Hometown Williamston, MI
Education J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School B.A., Michigan State University
Family Spouse, Stephanie A. Freeman Step Daughter, Taylor, Step Son Jordan and Grandson Gage (age 4)
Professional Experience Former 10 year Lansing Township Police Officer and Investigator; Private Practice / Criminal Defense Lawyer since 1991
Political Experience Never held elected office
First, I will entrust all Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys to exercise their individual discretion when negotiating case resolutions with defense attorneys to achieve a just and equitable result in each case. Second, if any law enforcement officer in Eaton County resorts to the use of deadly force while on duty, I will seek an outside, independent special prosecutor to evaluate the issue of whether the use of deadly force was justified. The special prosecutor will be empowered to bring the matter before a Grand Jury. As Prosecutor, I will not personally make the charging decision in such cases. Third, I will work with non-violent, youthful offenders to avoid a permanent criminal record.
The most critical issue now facing the Office of Eaton County Prosecutor is the current policy of "over charging" people who have been accused of criminal offenses. Not only are people being "over charged," the current administration has issued a directive to the Assistant Prosecutors they are forbidden to offer legitimate, realistic Plea and/or Sentencing offers to resolve cases prior to trial. Not everyone who engages in some degree of criminal activity needs to face criminal charges that lead to a lengthy prison sentence. I do not agree with the idea that everyone needs to be locked up in order for the prosecutor to claim he is "tuff on crime."
I will review any and all investigative reports related to the February 28, 2015 shooting death of 17 year old Deven Guilford by an on duty Eaton County Sheriff Sergeant. I will then cause a special prosecutor from another county to review the same reports. That special prosecutor will be empowered to convene a Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury, not the current prosecutor, will make the final decision as to whether any criminal charges should be brought in that case. The statute of limitations have not expired.
I view the abuse of both prescription and non-prescription drug use first and foremost as a medical problem and secondly as a criminal justice problem. We cannot arrest and jail our way out of this issue. If someone is willing to confront their drug or alcohol addiction head on; if they are willing to engage in a genuine recovery effort; if they are truly serious about maintaining their family unit and can show support from family and friends, then I would support such legitimate sobriety efforts by anyone.
Generally, changes to the juvenile justice system means changes to Michigan Statutes. Changes to statutory law are matters for the state legislature. On the other hand, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan can lobby for juvenile justice reforms, but only if as a group they are motivated to do so. To date, P.A.A.M is not motivated. The United States Supreme Court has ruled it is unconstitutional to sentence a minor under the age of 18 to a term of imprisonment for Life without the possibility of parole, yet Michigan law has allowed judges to do so for many years. The first change I would propose is to re-sentence all Michigan prisoners who were sentenced to life as juveniles
People who are indigent and unable to pay fines and costs should not be punished with incarceration. I believe a legitimate community service program could allow indigent defendants an opportunity to "pay off" fines and costs by giving back to the community with their time and efforts if they cannot pay with their wallets.
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Hometown Delta Township, Eaton County, MI
Education Thomas M. Cooley Law School - Juris Doctorate 1992; University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) - BA in Criminal Justice, Minor Psychology 1988
Family Angela Mina Picicci-Lloyd (spouse), Matthew Lloyd (18) and Nicolas Lloyd (17)
Professional Experience Doug Lloyd brings over 20 years of prosecution experience to the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and community he serves. As the Eaton County Prosecutor, he manages a staff of 25, a case load averaging 6,000 cases per year, a million-dollar budget and the office's domestic violence, economic crimes unit, drug unit and the crime victims’ rights unit. Prior to being appointed the Eaton County Prosecutor in the spring of 2013 by the 56th Judicial Court and the elected Prosecutor in 2014, he served as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Jeff Sauter from 2010 - 2013, Senior Assistant Prosecutor, Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) from 2003-2010, Assistant Prosecutor, Drug Unit from 2000-2003. Doug Lloyd was a Jackson County Assistant Prosecutor and Chief Trial Attorney of the Drug and Arson Unit (1996-2000). Prior to that, Doug was in private practice and specialized in criminal defense and real-estate law. Additional professional activities contributing to his qualification and experience include: ~ Elected member of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan’s Board of Directors; ~ Board member of the Eaton County Child-Abuse Prevention Council; ~ Governor’s appointee to the Organized Retail Fraud Advisory Board; ~Serves on the Insurance Fraud Task Force launched in September 2013 by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson; ~Member of the State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee; ~State Bar of Michigan’s Character and Fitness District Subcommittee (2004-2010). ~ Licensed Member of the State Bar of Michigan ~ Licensed Member of the State Bar of Arkansas ~ Licensed Member of the State Bar of Nevada
Political Experience Current elected Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney
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1. As the chief law enforcement official for Eaton County, my office is ethically required to objectively review police investigations submitted for criminal charges. We are required to determine if there is sufficient admissible evidence to prove that a person is guilty of the crime alleged. Not only do we protect the rights of victims, but also the constitutional rights of the accused by considering the admissibility and the sufficiency of evidence uncovered by police. 2. Protecting crime victims' rights is a top priority. My staff is committed to ensuring that crime victims' rights are both protected and put into action. 3. Combating drug abuse as it affects public safety is a priority.
Because counties have limited budgets, my office is faced with budgetary constraints requiring my staff to find ways to do more with less. This is not just a staffing issue. Whether our caseloads or trial dockets are up or down in any given year, we have less time to do our work due to growing responsibilities. The time it takes for charging decisions has grown dramatically now that we receive police body-cam and dash cam videos, recorded witness interviews, etc., in almost every case. Another example of time becoming more precious is due to the growing statutory responsibilities for prosecutors, such as our role as a member of the specialty probation programs' treatment teams.
I will continue to work with our county's leaders so that we can maintain our staff levels and the infrastructure that is so critical for our nation-leading paperless prosecution system. I will continue to work with law enforcement and the defense bar to find more efficient ways to access body- and dash-cam videos and other ethically required disclosures of information.

I firmly believe that an independent and elected prosecutor serves as a necessary check and balance on the powers of other branches of local government. My office serves as the community's lawyer, making critical decisions on the people’s behalf in accordance with our state laws is a continuing prosecutorial obligation.
Eaton County is not immune from the growing trend of methamphetamine use and prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse often leads to heroin use, and we have seen a tragic spike in heroin-related overdoses and deaths in the past few years. Those who use illegal drugs or abuse their doctors' prescriptions can be prosecuted, especially when they put the public at risk. Their sentences will likely focus on rehabilitation -- trying to break their addictions -- rather than punishment. Eaton County has been a leader in developing a variety of specialty probation programs focusing community resources to help drug and alcohol addicts get and stay sober, which my office supports.
The focus of Michigan’s juvenile justice system has and should remain rehabilitation and reformation of the youth, not punishment. Reforming delinquent behavior takes time, programming infrastructure and funding for those programs. Changing their past wrong choices into future good choices is the goal. Michigan law makes the age of adulthood a person’s 17th birthday. Legislation has been proposed to raise the age to a person's 18th birthday. I support the concept of any change that would allow more youth the opportunity to be rehabilitated, provided that adequate funding is given for the programs that would be required to include these additional youths.
A sentence can mix portions of punishment, rehabilitation, public protection, and deterring others from committing similar offenses. Prosecutors do not sentence defendants; judges do. Court costs are mandated by law at certain amounts. It is the judge who determines what level of fine is appropriate for each defendant so that the intended impact is a measured financial punishment. The judge is required to assess whether a person is truly indigent and destitute. Courts have some authority to waive some fines and costs and/or allow defendants time to pay over a period of time. I believe the courts may appreciate more resources to assist in determining a defendant's ability to work and pay.