Starting in October 2021, 17-year-olds will no longer automatically be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system.
Michigan will join the vast majority of other states that treat 17-year-olds as children. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the bills Thursday.
Democratic Senator Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) was a bill sponsor. She said the change will save taxpayers money in the long run. And that money can go toward other things, like education.
“That’s the forefront of what we need to do is educate individuals, not lock them up and throw away the key,” she told reporters.