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Antiquated' Laws Funnel Kids Into Adult Prisons
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:00:09 AM »


'Antiquated' Laws Funnel Kids Into Adult Prisons

Posted: 06/10/2014 8:06 pm EDT Updated: 06/10/2014 8:59 pm EDT
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Keeping youth offenders in adult prisons increases their risk of suicide, sexual assault and returning to prison, and is the result of "antiquated laws," according to a new report.

The report from nonprofit Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, "Youth Behind Bars," released Tuesday, found that 20,291 Michigan youth were convicted as adults and imprisoned or put on adult probation in the decade that ended last year. Most were 17-year-olds. Unlike most states, Michigan automatically charges 17-year-olds as adults, a practice out of line with national standards, the report said.

"I hope that people really do understand where Michigan is compared to the rest of the country, and even the world, in some fashion," said Kristen Staley, co-author of the report and Council on Crime and Delinquency senior policy associate. "We really are far behind in terms of keeping 17-year-olds automatically in the adult system. It's an antiquated law."


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/10/youth-adult-prison-michigan_n_5482085.html
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