Michigan Lawmakers Reach Deal to Treat 17-Year-Old Offenders as Juveniles

Michigan lawmakers passed legislation that no longer automatically treats 17-year-old criminal defendants as adults in the legal system.

The bill now heads to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk.

Michigan is just one of four states that automatically treat 17-year-olds as adults in criminal cases.

Supporters say increasing the age to 18 would make sure juveniles get fair sentences and a better chance at rehabilitation.