• Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

Sentencing Juveniles as Adults is Not Always The Best Policy

In Michigan, the House of Representatives recently passed a bill that aims to reform the current law, which automatically tries any 17-year-old as an adult regardless of their crime. The R Street Institute published a policy study that addresses the ineffectiveness of the current Michigan law.

According to their study, A Conservative Case To ‘Raise The Age’ In Michigan, since 2003 more than 20,000 minors have been tried and convicted as adults. While approximately 60 percent of these juveniles were convicted for nonviolent crimes, “58 percent of those who entered the system at age 17 had no prior juvenile criminal record.” Those juveniles convicted of nonviolent crimes would be better served by being tried as juveniles, rather than as adults.

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