For Immediate Release
April 18, 2019
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage today of the Raise the Age legislative package to change the age of juvenile jurisdiction. This is the first time in the Raise the Age issue’s history that it has made it to the full Senate for consideration, and with the House Judiciary Committee’s action earlier this week, the Legislature is poised to take action on this important issue.
The statement can be attributed to Kids Count Director Alicia Guevara Warren.
“We appreciate the leadership and determination of Rep. Filler and Sen. Lucido in working to get these bills to the House and Senate floors. Last session, it took almost two years to get to this point, but the tide is changing and the bipartisan, common sense momentum is building. We’re hopeful that this law will change—and the lives of Michigan kids and families will change—in the coming months. The cost of this effort shouldn’t be disregarded, but it also shouldn’t be overemphasized—supporting our kids is one of the strongest investments we can make for our future. We need to get this done for the good of our state and communities, and the change will ultimately pay for itself with the ripple effects on our corrections system, our budget and our economy.”
Raise the Age is a key issue for the Michigan League for Public Policy and its Kids Count in Michigan Project. It is a policy recommendation in the League’s Owner’s Manual for Michigan policy agenda. The League has put together a fact sheet on the benefits of raising the age. There’s also a fact sheet on overwhelmingly positive polling information on the issue from last year and a variety of other resources from the Raise the Age campaign. The League continues to look for and lift up the personal stories of people and parents who have been adversely affected by Michigan’s current treatment of 17-year-olds in the justice system.
About the Kids Count in Michigan Project
The Kids Count in Michigan project is part of a broad national effort to measure the well-being of children at the state and local levels, and use that information to shape efforts to improve the lives of children. The state project is part of a nationwide network of state projects supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, MD. Funding for the Michigan project is also provided by The Skillman Foundation, The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Steelcase Foundation, Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Battle Creek Community Foundation and the Ruth Mott Foundation.
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.