Governor Rick Snyder Signs Juvenile Justice and Foster Care Changes Into Law

A new law lets Michigan judges hold informal proceedings for some juvenile crimes.

These proceedings will allow young offenders to avoid a criminal record.

Advocates say it will lead to more age appropriate penalties.

Prosecutors will have veto power though if they think the crime is too serious.

Snyder says giving judges more flexibility will hopefully lead to better long-term rehabilitation outcomes for young people.

Snyder also approved bills that pushes for siblings to stay together if they’re in foster care or other adoption systems.