opinion Anquan Boldin, Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty Published 7:00 AM EDT Apr 26, 2019 Over the course of our NFL careers, we have had the privilege of playing in some great American cities. All of these places have their own unique charm and character, but they also have similar challenges — poverty, homelessness, struggling schools, high crime and incarceration rates, and more. And while states across the country continue to look for policy solutions to address these issues, Michigan is woefully behind on a major and simple criminal justice reform — raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction. Michigan is one of only four states in the country — and the only state among any stops in our professional careers — to still treat all 17-year-old kids as adults in the criminal justice system, regardless of their offense. In Michigan, you have to be 18-years-old to vote, serve in the military, buy a lottery ticket or sign a contract. But you can be charged, tried and even incarcerated as an adult at 17. That may finally change in Michigan as “raise the age” bills made their way through the Legislature this week. More: Michigan Senate votes to try 17-year-olds as… Read full this story
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