• Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

Bills to keep kids out of adult prisons advance

Lansing — Legislation designed to keep kids out of adult courts and prisons is heading to the House floor despite lingering concerns over its long-term costs for Michigan counties.

The House Criminal Justice Reform Committee on Tuesday approved a 19-bill package that would place most 17-year-old suspects into the juvenile justice system instead of treating them as adults, which is standard practice under current law in Michigan.

The legislation also would prohibit authorities from holding or confining juveniles in the same prison, jail, vehicle or courtroom as adults.

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