In 2021 17-year-olds will be classified as minors in the criminal justice system

I found this article that explains how in October of 2019 Governor Gretchen Whither signed a bill that classifies 17-year-olds as minors in the criminal justice system. This law will take effect in October of 2021. Despite this new bill, 17-year-olds and other teens who commit crimes like murder or rape are still at risk of being prosecuted as adults. I found it really interesting that this bill was not already in place.

Michigan prison takes a gentler tack with mentally ill

In late 2019, Michigan opened The Woodland Center Correctional Facility. This correctional facility houses mentally ill inmates and works to reform them through an extensive process that includes education, counseling, physical activity, and various other rehabilitation methods. This article explains that the prison is structured more like a school and is viewed as a place for learning and self-development as opposed to punishment and maltreatment.

In 2021 17-year-olds will be classified as minors in the criminal justice system

I found this article that explains how in October of 2019 Governor Gretchen Whither signed a bill that classifies 17-year-olds as minors in the criminal justice system. This law will take effect in October of 2021. Despite this new bill, 17-year-olds and other teens who commit crimes like murder or rape are still at risk of being prosecuted as adults. I found it really interesting that this bill was not already in place.

Michigan prison takes a gentler tack with mentally ill

In late 2019, Michigan opened The Woodland Center Correctional Facility. This correctional facility houses mentally ill inmates and works to reform them through an extensive process that includes education, counseling, physical activity, and various other rehabilitation methods. This article explains that the prison is structured more like a school and is viewed as a place for learning and self-development as opposed to punishment and maltreatment.

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