• Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

Lawmakers push to keep juveniles out of adult prisons

"About 74 teens who were not old enough to sit on a jury are serving their sentences next to some of the state’s roughly 45,000 adult prisoners.

Mixing teens and adults in prison is a bad formula, juvenile justice advocates say, and they’re pushing the state to increase to 18 the age at which juveniles can be tried as adults.

Numerous studies have shown that a young person’s brain is not fully developed until their mid-20s,” said Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit. “The human mind for adolescents isn’t really formed yet. Impulse control for (adolescents) isn’t really formed. They become worse (offenders) when they walk into the facility with adults.”

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