juvenile crime


(MPRN-Lansing) Kids in Michigan might get a new way to keep their criminal records clean. A bill in the state Legislature would let juveniles who meet certain requirements have their criminal record expunged – if they complete a rigorous school program. 

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that encourages judges to send younger offenders into alternatives to jail and programs that put them into contact with adults who commit crimes.

The new law represents a re-thinking of juvenile justice policies in place since the 1990s that have treated young offenders as adults.


(MPRN-Lansing) A federal appeals court says Michigan still has not fixed problems with its juvenile lifer law that was declared unconstitutional four years ago. 

State Capitol - file photo
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(MPRN-Lansing) Legislation to keep many 17-year-olds from going to adult prisons cleared a state House panel on Tuesday. 


(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers have begun hearings on bipartisan bills meant to help 17 year olds avoid serving time in adult prisons.