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With time short in the lame-duck legislative session, some policy groups and youth advocates are hopeful lawmakers will pass Raise the Age legislation.

Michigan is one of only four states that automatically prosecutes all 17-year-olds as adults. Companion bills that would change that age from 17 to 18 have passed out of a House committee with bipartisan support. Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count project director with the Michigan League for Public Policy, said a full House vote is needed as soon as possible.

“Because of the way that the law is, we do have to get it over to the Senate with five days at least in between,” Guevara Warren said. “So, we’re hoping that legislative leaders will see this as a positive thing they can do as they’re getting ready to move on, and that they’ll prioritize it.”

Guevara Warren explained most 17-year-olds have nonviolent charges. And if the measures are passed, those young people would be tried in juvenile court and have access to age-appropriate rehabilitative services. Dec 10, 2018 – WSJM Radio (St. Joseph)

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