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Michigan House debate increasing juvenile prosecution age to 18

The Michigan House Law and Justice Committee spent Tuesday morning discussing the idea of raising the age of prosecution of juveniles from 17- to 18-years-old. (WWMT/MGN Online)

The Michigan House Law and Justice Committee spent Tuesday morning discussing the idea of raising the age of prosecution of juveniles from 17- to 18-years-old.

An eight bill package has been introduced with bipartisan support in the house, including republican representative Pete Lucido, who sponsored the main piece of legislation.

Supporters said the one-year increase not only brings Michigan in line with 46 other states, but also tries to provide better services for these juveniles in hopes of reducing their recidivism rate, which determines a convicted criminal’s tendency to re-offend.

The committee did not immediately take action on these bills on Tuesday.

Newschannel 3 political reporter Mikenzie Frost was at today's hearing and will have a full report at 5:30 p.m.

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