• Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

Editorial: Raising the Age

The United States is the only nation that sets the age of criminal court jurisdiction under 18, but increasingly states are raising the age. Some lawmakers in Lansing would like Michigan to join the movement. We support their initiative. A package of more than 20 bills in the Legislature would raise the age of juveniles who are treated as adults to 18. Michigan is one of just nine states that still tries 17-year-old defendants as adults. Read more here.

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