MIP: Minor in Possession

In the State of Michigan, there is something known as an MIP (minor in possession). An MIP is given to someone under the age of 21 under the following guidelines: the individual is in possession of alcohol, consuming alcohol, or has any amount of alcohol in their body. Law enforcement often uses the phrase "your body is considered a container". There are 3 main ways that police enforce this law: the police find you with it, PBT to determine a BAC of legal limit of .02, and admission of guilt. 

A 16-year-old from Brighton...

A 16-year-old from Brighton Township is getting charged for 31 felonies. He is getting charged for 20 sexual assault counts. He sexually assaulted three teenage girls from Livingston County, with one being under the age of 13. He is now being tried as a juvenile even though he was aware of his actions and "it was not an innocent mistake". Do you believe he should be tried as a juvenile? I would love to hear your opinions. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2017/09/21/brighton-twp-teen-faces-31-felonies-sex-assault-case/682477001/

In court children being...

In court children being tried as adults, or tried as children and then sent to an adult prison, is sadly, a very regular occurrence. An important thing to take into account is not whether the child's outcomes are extremely harsh or moderately harsh, but what the child's actions were in the first place. No matter what the outcome of the child's actions are the child should still be tried as a child. If the child is found guilty after the trial, they should still be given a safe environment to improve in. Without doing this the child's chances of having a better mindset are much lower.

"The largest criminal justice reform package in U.S. history"

Recently, in Michigan, a set of bills has been passed in order to end the practice of trying 17-year olds as adults in the state of Michigan. Until this point, Michigan has been one of the 9 US states that automatically tries 17 year olds as adults, and it is the conviction of many that this must change. The motivation ebhind this moevement is that 17 year olds are not adults; they are not as physically, or mentally, as adults, and therefore subjecting them to the adult based legal consequences is unjust.

the mouse robber

Two years ago, a robbery happened. Just today, they found out who it was that robbed the store. It was a teenager. He will be going to court on July 14th 2018. Even though it hasn’t happened yet, I think he should get full punishment. Here is the reason why: He had gone into the store with possession of a weapon (a knife), a disguise, and an intent to rob (which he did). He stole all of the money out of the cash register. If things like this happened to an adult, they would be sent to jail.

Discussion post: Youth and...

Discussion post: Youth and criminal justice Background: DeMarco Harris, 12 at the time, shot and killed 24-year-old Trisha Babcock in a botched robbery in 2009.  After his convictions, Harris was ordered to stay in a juvenile facility until he was 21, leaving Wayne County Circuit Judge Virgil Smith to decide whether he should be released or go to prison.

MIP: Minor in Possession

In the State of Michigan, there is something known as an MIP (minor in possession). An MIP is given to someone under the age of 21 under the following guidelines: the individual is in possession of alcohol, consuming alcohol, or has any amount of alcohol in their body. Law enforcement often uses the phrase "your body is considered a container". There are 3 main ways that police enforce this law: the police find you with it, PBT to determine a BAC of legal limit of .02, and admission of guilt. 

A 16-year-old from Brighton...

A 16-year-old from Brighton Township is getting charged for 31 felonies. He is getting charged for 20 sexual assault counts. He sexually assaulted three teenage girls from Livingston County, with one being under the age of 13. He is now being tried as a juvenile even though he was aware of his actions and "it was not an innocent mistake". Do you believe he should be tried as a juvenile? I would love to hear your opinions. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2017/09/21/brighton-twp-teen-faces-31-felonies-sex-assault-case/682477001/

In court children being...

In court children being tried as adults, or tried as children and then sent to an adult prison, is sadly, a very regular occurrence. An important thing to take into account is not whether the child's outcomes are extremely harsh or moderately harsh, but what the child's actions were in the first place. No matter what the outcome of the child's actions are the child should still be tried as a child. If the child is found guilty after the trial, they should still be given a safe environment to improve in. Without doing this the child's chances of having a better mindset are much lower.

"The largest criminal justice reform package in U.S. history"

Recently, in Michigan, a set of bills has been passed in order to end the practice of trying 17-year olds as adults in the state of Michigan. Until this point, Michigan has been one of the 9 US states that automatically tries 17 year olds as adults, and it is the conviction of many that this must change. The motivation ebhind this moevement is that 17 year olds are not adults; they are not as physically, or mentally, as adults, and therefore subjecting them to the adult based legal consequences is unjust.

the mouse robber

Two years ago, a robbery happened. Just today, they found out who it was that robbed the store. It was a teenager. He will be going to court on July 14th 2018. Even though it hasn’t happened yet, I think he should get full punishment. Here is the reason why: He had gone into the store with possession of a weapon (a knife), a disguise, and an intent to rob (which he did). He stole all of the money out of the cash register. If things like this happened to an adult, they would be sent to jail.

Discussion post: Youth and...

Discussion post: Youth and criminal justice Background: DeMarco Harris, 12 at the time, shot and killed 24-year-old Trisha Babcock in a botched robbery in 2009.  After his convictions, Harris was ordered to stay in a juvenile facility until he was 21, leaving Wayne County Circuit Judge Virgil Smith to decide whether he should be released or go to prison.
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