Thousands of Michigan children and youth have been incarcerated in the adult prison system because of policies that are ineffective, unfair, and costly, according to a new report by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.
The report, Youth behind Bars: Exploring the Impact of Prosecuting and Incarcerating Kids in Michigan's Criminal Justice System, says that Michigan is one of just 10 states that automatically treat 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. About 60 percent of the 17-year-olds in prison are serving time for non-violent crimes.
The report says that adult correctional facilities don't have age-appropriate rehabilitation services for youth, reducing the chances that they will transition to successful lives after they are released.
You can read the executive summary here. Here are the key facts at a glance, as well as recommendations. You can read the full report here.