At the Capitol

Debate on juvenile justice reform has begun in Lansing and will continue into 2017.  The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan believes that any reform should be built on a set of principles:

  • The age and maturity of the juvenile needs to be balanced with the safety needs of the public.
  • The current proposed juvenile justice reforms in front of the Michigan Legislature are complex and transformative. These types of proposals should be dealt with in the most careful and sensitive way.
  • Changes to the juvenile justice system requires an investment in the system prior to making changes.  All of us want to see a juvenile offender receive whatever treatment or sanction best suits the offender so that they do not commit any more crimes. We want a juvenile’s first encounter with the criminal justice system to be their last.

Watch this page for more information as reforms that are being debated move through the legislature.