Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Bill Package with Focus on Building an Age-Appropriate System
In the past ten years, over 20,000 young people under 18 have been convicted as adults, mostly for non-violent offenses with no prior juvenile record. According to the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency’s (MCCD) report, Youth Behind Bars, over half of these youth were placed in adult jails or prisons, where they receive little to no education, mental health or family services. Once confined, youth are more likely to be violently attacked, sexually assaulted, languish in isolation or attempt suicide. The state of Michigan is even facing a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of youth alleging sexual victimization while in prison. Read more here.