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Public News Service - MI: Juvenile Justice

About 55 percent of children in the juvenile justice system had at one time also been involved in the child welfare system. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Proposed federal legislation could help create a better path forward for some of Michigan's most vulnerable children. It's called the CONNECT act, which stands for Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams. It's co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan a

Supporters say policies that promote equal restroom access for LGBTQ students help schools focus on education. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette faces some criticism for what opponents say is an attack on the rights of transgender students. Schuette added Michigan to a lawsuit on Friday involving nine other states. It attempts to block a guidance from the Obama administration promoting

About 360 people are serving life without parole sentences in Michigan for crimes committed as youths. (my_southborough/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - There's new hope for some Michigan offenders who were sentenced as juveniles to die in prison. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 2012 Miller vs. Alabama decision barring mandatory life without parole for child offenders applies retroactively. Michigan is one of the fe

No matter the offense, 17-year-olds in Michigan are automatically tried as adults. (VIctor/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Efforts to change the experiences of young people in the juvenile-justice system are picking up steam in Michigan. Lawmakers recently held a hearing on the "Youth in Prison" package, which includes bills to change the way youth offenders are treated. Carmen Daugherty, policy direct

Michigan youth in the adult correction system can be placed in segregation where there are no limits for length of stay. (Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – With concerns about its damaging impact, states around the nation are reducing the use of solitary confinement for youth offenders. But a report from the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest found that Michigan is one of 10 states that still allows indefinite solitary c

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