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Detroit Free Press: Michigan bills to 'raise the age' for adult prosecution head to governor

Originally published in the Detroit Free Press.

"Bipartisan legislation headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's desk would raise the age at which teenagers are automatically prosecuted as adults in Michigan.

Michigan is currently one of four states that treat all 17-year-olds charged with crimes as adults, regardless of their offense. The "Raise the Age" legislation would increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18, meaning that cases involving 17-year-olds would be handled in the juvenile justice system. This would keep them out of prison and give them more access to services to help them stay out of trouble".

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