Andy Thalhammer

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Michigan is one of only four states that automatically prosecutes all 17-year-olds as adults for any offense. Although the bill was introduced nearly two years ago, it wasn’t until this past Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting heard from fellow legislators of the bill’s implications. Here is Senator Sylvia Santana, one of the lead sponsors of the bill. 

“In my humble opinion MDOC is not equipped to raise children in the adult system nor support their cognitive needs to get them back on the right track.”