Bills in Michigan Legislature could help cap school-to-prison pipeline
One common-sense way to integrate the “smart-on-crime” approach is found in House Bills 4947 through 4966, which are pending before the Michigan House of Representatives. These measures recognize the differences between youth and adults that have been proven through scientific and academic research.
Youthful offenders under the age of 18 can be impulsive, often succumb to peer pressure, and many have had significant trauma in their lives. Of the youths that are in the adult corrections system today, most have seen a friend or family member killed. A majority have substance abuse issues and are suffering educationally. Many have bounced around the foster care system.
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