Opinion: Keep Michigan kids out of prison

Under Michigan law, 17-year-olds are not allowed to vote or register for the military. They can’t buy lottery tickets, and they can’t open a line of credit. So why does Michigan law allow these same children to be thrown into prison with hardened criminals?

Incarcerating young people — especially those with nonviolent offenses — in the same prison as adults is harmful, expensive and ineffective when trying to make our communities safer.


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