The bills approved Wednesday by the Senate now go to the House, where Santana and Lucido said there is a similar package of bills pending. “We hope we’ll come to some consensus and get this to the governor as soon as possible,” Santana said.
She said the biggest sticking point is funding; treating 17-year-olds in the juvenile system would shift those costs to county governments. “But we’re going to make sure (county governments) are made whole, and that they have proper funding” to serve 17-year-olds in the juvenile system, Santana said.
Alicia Guevara Warren of the Michigan League for Public Policy has said that if the bills are signed into law, it should “give kids a chance to learn from their mistakes and move forward.”
“Every day we delay this change, there are 17-year-old kids who are being forced into a system that wasn’t designed for them. Every day we hold off, these kids experience trauma,” she said. “But today could be the day we start to change their lives.” April 24, 2019 – MLive