17-Year-Olds Would Not Automatically be Charged as Adults in Crimes Under Michigan House Bills
First introduced in October, pieces of the legislation would stop youths younger than 18 from being housed with adult prisoners, change which crimes made younger defendants eligible for adult prosecution; and increased county funding for juveniles diverted from the adult criminal justice system. Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit, is leading the bipartisan package. He said the old mentality of locking prisoners up and throwing away the key isn't working, and Michigan is one of only nine states which still allow 17-year-olds to automatically be prosecuted as adults. Read more about this here.