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Contact Information

Michigan Raise the Age Campaign is a statewide citizen-led campaign that aims to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years of age.

Primary Contact Name: Jason Smith

Position: Director of Youth Justice Policy

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Phone: 517-482-4161

Website: https://www.raisetheagemi.org/
Twitter: @RaiseTheAgeMI

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaiseTheAgeMI/


Bill Number:  SB 84, SB 90, SB 93, SB 97,SB 99-102, HB 4133-36, HB 4140, HB 4142-43, HB 4145, HB 4443, HB 4452

Type of Reform

Raise the Age - Bill package that raises the age adult court jurisdiction to 18.

Year: 2019


Michigan Raise the Age Poll (2018)

This poll conducted by the Marketing Resource Group (MRG) examined views across the state of Michigan by locality, demographic group, and political affiliation about the current laws regarding juvenile justice and the potential impacts of raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in the state. 

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The Cost of Raising the Age of Juvenile Justice in Michigan (2018)

This report prepared for the Criminal Justice Policy Commission of the Michigan legislature examined the fiscal impacts of raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18 in the state.

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Raise the Age: Protecting Kids and Enhancing Public Safety in Michigan (2017)

Human Impact Partners produced this report evaluating the health and equity impacts of charging 17-year-olds in juvenile court rather than an adult court in Michigan. 

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A Conservative Case to 'Raise the Age' in Michigan (2016)

This study examines the current law in Michigan and considers both the ineffectiveness and unintended consequences of the state’s policy of automatically charging all 17-year-olds as adults.

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Michigan’s Statewide Juvenile Arrest Analysis. Volume One: 2008-2013 Report (2015)

This report’s findings include that juveniles accounted for a very small proportion of all arrests, that violent crimes accounted for a very small proportion of juvenile arrests, and that Michigan’s juvenile arrests are marked by significant racial disparities.

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Youth Behind Bars: The High Cost of Kids in the Adult Justice System (2014)

This report examines the impact of prosecuting and incarcerating children in Michigan’s criminal justice system and documents how this outdated approach to youth justice does little to rehabilitate children, protect public safety, or wisely invest taxpayer dollars. 

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Michigan Juvenile Offenders Risk Assessment Survey Report (2013)

The goals of this report were to survey juvenile courts in Michigan, collect data on the use of assessment tools, collect data on obstacles to assessment tool use, and collect data on optimal assessment tool features. One of the document’s key findings is that nearly 30% of responding jurisdictions conducted no assessment.

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