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For Immediate Release
November 28, 2018

Contact:
Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
CELL: 517-775-9053

League applauds Committee Chair Rep. Kesto and bill sponsors Rep. Howrylak and Lucido for their leadership and resilience

LANSING—After years of effort and months of earnest, thorough work by the Michigan House Law and Justice Committee, Raise the Age bills to change the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years old passed out of committee with bipartisan support this morning. The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on today’s action. It can be attributed to Kids Count in Michigan Director Alicia Guevara Warren.

“This is a big step forward for Michigan as raising the age will not only benefit our kids, but our families, our communities and our economy. We applaud the leadership of Chair Kesto and the tireless, bipartisan work of the committee, especially bill sponsors Rep. Lucido and Rep. Howrylak, to get these bills passed. We hope the Speaker and leaders in the Senate share their commitment to leaving a positive, lasting legacy on this state and will move quickly to pass these bills and get them on the governor’s desk.”

The League and a diverse array of partners have been working hard over the last few years to “raise the age” of juvenile jurisdiction and align Michigan with the other 46 states in the nation that treat 17-year-olds as kids in the criminal justice system. Today’s action shows there is positive momentum to pass these bills before Lame Duck—and the legislation—expire, but much more work lies ahead.

Additional Information:
TV Segment on WZZM ABC TV 13: Advocacy group seeks to Raise the Age at which young offenders face adult charges
OpEd in Alpena News: The lame duck that could lay a golden egg
Raise the Age Website: https://www.raisetheagemi.org/
MLPP Raise the Age Page: https://mlpp.org/raise-the-age-in-michigan/

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The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.

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