Renewed Efforts To ‘Raise The Age’ In Michigan Legislature

Feb 11, 2019

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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