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2015 House Bill 4962: End automatically trying 17 year olds as adult: Passed 90 to 19 in the House on April 28, 2016
To no longer automatically prosecute and sentence 17 year olds charged with serious crimes as if they are adults. Other bills in the same legislative package amend other statutes to bring this about. The Senate has not voted on these bills.
House Bill 4965, Create juvenile justice family advisory board: Passed 96 to 13 in the House on April 28, 2015.
To create a family advisory board in the Department of Corrections to give advice on ways to support family reunification when a minor is incarcerated for committing a serious crime, and other steps intended to assist re-entry into the community and reduce recidivism.
House Bill 4966, Require out-of-cell exercise for young prisoners: Passed 93 to 16 in the House on April 28, 2016
To require the Department of Corrections to provide “age-appropriate out-of-cell programming and outdoor exercise” at least five days a week for prisoners who are less than 21 years old.
2015 House Bill 4959, Ban locking up young criminals with adults: Passed 92 to 16 in the House on April 27, 2016
To prohibit incarcerating minors charged with criminal offenses in a facility that also houses adult offenders during confinement, trial, or transport. This is part of a legislative package that consists of House Bills 4947 to 4966.
2016 Senate Bill 945, Ban locking up young criminals with adults: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 9, 2016
Ban locking up young criminals with adults: To prohibit incarcerating minors charged with criminal offenses in a facility that also houses adult offenders during confinement, trial, or transport.
2015 Senate Bill 251: Establish less formal court procedures for some juvenile crimes: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 2015, and 105 to 4 in the House on June 9, 2016
To establish a parallel court “consent calendar” process for criminal cases involving juveniles that are not serious enough warrant removing the juvenile from parental custody, but only if the parents or guardian and the prosecutor agree. Procedures for such cases would be less formal than for regular criminal cases, and access to case records would be restricted.
This bill was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder last June and is now Public Act 185 of 2016.