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Renewed Efforts To ‘Raise The Age’ In Michigan Legislature


State lawmakers are trying to once again raise the age of who is considered an ‘adult’ in the criminal justice system.

Last session, bills to raise the age ran into concerns about the costs of transferring some inmates from adult to juvenile facilities.  

Alicia Guevara Warren is with the Michigan League for Public Policy.  It’s worked with lawmakers over the years to try to make these changes.  She says the legislation was close to being passed last session.

“There were other things that got prioritized I think in lame duck, so I think a lot of the pieces are there.”

The newly-introduced bills would, among other things, change the age of the juvenile court’s jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years old in certain instances.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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