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NCJ Number: 68336 Find in a Library
Title: JUVENILE CODE REVISION
Journal: DETROIT LAWYER  Volume:40  Issue:5  Dated:(MAY 1978)  Pages:7-13
Author(s): J ZEMAN
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: MICHIGAN'S PROPOSED JUVENILE CODE PUTS ABUSED, CRIMINAL, AND STATUS OFFENDING YOUTHS UNDER SEPARATE LEGAL PROCESS, MANDATES COUNSEL FOR THEM, AND INTRODUCES MANY OTHER CHANGES.
Abstract: AFTER MUCH DEBATE AND REVISION, MICHIGAN'S PROPOSED JUVENILE CODE, BILL 6184, WAS COMPLETED BY ITS COMMITTEE IN 1978. CONCERNING DELINQUENT YOUTHS, UNDER BILL 6184, JUDGES HAVE AUTHORITY TO PLACE THEM IN SECURE STATE FACILITIES; PRESENTLY, ONLY THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES MAY DO THIS. FURTHER, BILL 6184 MANDATES COUNSEL FOR ALL INDIGENT DEFENDANTS AND THE PARTICIPATION OF PROSECUTORS AT ALL TRIALS, REMOVING THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL DUTY OF THE COURT IN SOME CASES OF ADVOCATING FOR THE PEOPLE. BILL 6184 ALSO OPENS TRIALS OF JUVENILES TO THE PUBLIC AT THE DISCRETION OF THE DEFENSE AND PROSECUTION, GIVES YOUTHS A RIGHT TO A PRE-DETENTION HEARING, AND PROHIBITS JAILING YOUTHS UNDER 15. TO ELIMINATE THE JAILING OF YOUTHS IN AREAS LACKING JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS, A RECENT LAW REQUIRES THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO PLAN FOR REGIONAL DETENTION CENTERS. CONCERNING NEGLECTED OR ABUSED YOUTHS, THE NEW BILL DEFINES CONDUCT CONSTITUTING CHILD ABUSE AND MORE STRICTLY DEFINES WHEN A CHILD MAY BE TAKEN FROM HIS PARENTS. CONCERNING STATUS OFFENDERS, FAMILY COURTS WILL HAVE JURISDICTION. BILL 6184 FURTHER PROHIBITS STATUS OFFENDERS' BEING PROSECUTED UNTIL SCHOOLS OR PARENTS HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL OTHER RECOURSE, BUT IT MAKES NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN STATUS AND OTHER YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS WHEN THEY ARE BROUGHT TO TRIAL. FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Juvenile codes; Juvenile justice reform; Michigan
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