juvenile offenders http://michiganradio.org en Second chance for a clean record in "teen court" http://michiganradio.org/post/second-chance-clean-record-teen-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For a kid caught stealing a $30 bracelet from a store,&nbsp; juvenile court would likely be the next stop.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But a "teen court" program in Detroit gives some teenagers a chance to avoid the juvenile&nbsp;justice system. It's one of about 1,000 programs across the country.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:59:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17852 at http://michiganradio.org Second chance for a clean record in "teen court" Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists http://michiganradio.org/post/share-art-project-brings-together-juvenile-offenders-and-artists <p></p><p>How do we really get through to kids who are headed down the path to trouble?</p><p>There is a group of artists in the Flint area that believes the answer is spoken word and visual art.</p><p>The Share Art Project has been bringing artists together with young offenders. It's a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center.</p><p>Shellie Spivack is a Buckham board member who chairs the program, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">*Support for Arts and culture coverage on Stateside comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:11:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 17189 at http://michiganradio.org Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-10-2014 <p></p><p>The average gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. has steadily been improving, and greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time low. The Environmental Protection Agency also recently set new emissions standards, scheduled to be phased in between 2017 and 2025, that will reduce the amount of sulfur found in gasoline.</p><p>B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut is the slow and steady climb in fuel economy and emissions enough? On today’s show, we ask if the Obama administration's 2016 and 2025 fuel efficiency goals setting the bar too low?</span></p><p>Then, a new documentary film brings us the story of the Great Lakes as seen through its ice.</p><p>And, last month, Gov. Snyder confirmed a financial emergency existed in Royal Oak Township. Can other communities learn from Royal Oak’s situation?</p><p>Also, the Share Art Project is a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center. We spoke to a Buckham board member about the program and an upcoming exhibit.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">here have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors, who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</span></p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 17192 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 Michigan Attorney General appeals order for parole hearings for teen offenders serving life in jail http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-appeals-order-parole-hearings-teen-offenders-serving-life-jail <p>Michigan’s Attorney General has decided to appeal a federal judge’s order that would require parole hearings for more than 300 <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/despite-supreme-court-ruling-many-minors-may-stay-in-prison-for-life">juvenile offenders serving life sentences.</a></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that sentencing juvenile offenders to automatic life without parole constituted “cruel and unusual” punishment.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:20:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 15504 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General appeals order for parole hearings for teen offenders serving life in jail Children who murder should get a chance at parole http://michiganradio.org/post/children-who-murder-should-get-chance-parole <p><strong>&nbsp;CORRECTION: The headline was changed to avoid an inadvertent pun. </strong></p><p></p><p>There are about 350 in Michigan who screwed up badly when they were teenagers. Most took part in murders. All are serving life without the possibility of parole.</p><p>Some of these young killers are probably vicious psychopaths who should never be allowed back into society. Others, however, were scared and stupid kids who, in some cases, did nothing except be there when an older friend, or, in a number of cases, a boyfriend, committed some terrible crime.</p><p>But they were all sentenced under Michigan law to life without the possibility of parole, and two years ago, you could have said, that was that. Except that isn’t the law anymore.</p><p>Seventeen months ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that laws automatically requiring a life sentence without the possibility of parole for kids under 18 are unconstitutional.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:34:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15456 at http://michiganradio.org Children who murder should get a chance at parole Michigan's High Court to rule on life-without-parole sentences for minors http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-high-court-rule-life-without-parole-sentences-minors <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the state's juvenile lifer law applies retroactively to more than 300 inmates. The question is whether those inmates are entitled to parole hearings or if the decision only applies to current and future cases.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">The U.S. Supreme Court decision still al</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">lows life-without-parole sentences for minors. But it said courts have to hold hearings to decide whether there are circumstances like abuse or neglect, or whether a defendant was coerced into committing the crime.<br /><br />The Michigan Supreme Court has also agreed to decide another question: whether minors convicted of assisting in a murder can be given life-without-parole sentences at all. The question is whether that violates the state constitution.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:39:03 +0000 Rick Pluta 15177 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's High Court to rule on life-without-parole sentences for minors In this morning's headlines: drugs and unemployment, juveniles, Bernard Kilpatrick sentenced http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-drugs-and-unemployment-juveniles-bernard-kilpatrick-sentenced <p><strong>Drug test and unemployment bill moves forward</strong></p><p>"People who fail or refuse to take a drug test as part of a job search could see their unemployment benefits revoked. The state Senate approved the measure yesterday," Jake Neher<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/unemployment-drug-testing-bill-clears-state-senate"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Lawsuit says rape common for juvenile offenders in adult prisons</strong></p><p>"The state of Michigan faces a lawsuit alleging it has subjected hundreds of juvenile offenders to a high risk of being raped, by putting them in the same prisons as adults. Attorney Deborah LaBelle says the state has put kids as young as 13 in the same prisons as grown men. A new federal law went into effect in August requiring prisoners 17 and younger to be housed separately from older prisoners," Tracy Samilton <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-says-rape-common-juvenile-offenders-placed-adult-prisons">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Bernard Kilpatrick sentenced to 15 months in prison</strong></p><p>"The father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for a tax crime. The sentence ordered Thursday was at the bottom of the guidelines," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:55:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14892 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: drugs and unemployment, juveniles, Bernard Kilpatrick sentenced U.S. Supreme Court “juvenile lifer” decision would not apply to past cases under Senate bill http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-juvenile-lifer-decision-would-not-apply-past-cases-under-senate-bill <p>Legislation to overhaul Michigan’s juvenile lifer law would not apply to inmates already sentenced as teenagers to life without parole.</p><p>The bills were adopted today by the state Senate Judiciary Committee.</p><p>The legislation is required because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.</p><p>James Sorenson lost his son in 2007 to a teenaged murderer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says any rewrite of the law should put the interests of the victims’ families ahead of teenagers who participated in a murder.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:49:23 +0000 Rick Pluta 14465 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court “juvenile lifer” decision would not apply to past cases under Senate bill Work on juvenile lifer bills stalls in Michigan legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/work-juvenile-lifer-bills-stalls-michigan-legislature <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers attempting to respond to a ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional have hit a stalemate that threatens to derail any progress.<br><br>They can't agree on whether last year's Supreme Court decision last year applies retroactively to the roughly 360 Michigan inmates who were under 18 when they committed crimes.<br> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14319 at http://michiganradio.org Hearing held in Lansing on how to rework Michigan's juvenile lifer law http://michiganradio.org/post/hearing-held-lansing-how-rework-michigans-juvenile-lifer-law <p>Families of murder victims were among those who packed a legislative hearing room today. The hearing was on how to fix Michigan’s juvenile lifer law to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The court held that automatic life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Attorney General Bill </span>Schuette<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> showed up for the hearing. He says the law should only apply to future cases, and not to the roughly 350 inmates already sentenced as juveniles to life without parole for first degree murder.</span></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:29:28 +0000 Rick Pluta 14164 at http://michiganradio.org Hearing held in Lansing on how to rework Michigan's juvenile lifer law Federal judge says hundreds of Michigan's juvenile lifers should be eligible for parole http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-says-hundreds-michigans-juvenile-lifers-should-be-eligible-parole <p>A federal judge says 363 inmates in Michigan prisons sentenced to life without parole as juveniles should get parole hearings.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that laws like Michigan’s that automatically send some juveniles to prison for life with no chance of parole are “cruel and unusual punishment.”</p><p></p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette has been trying to limit the scope of the ruling to five inmates who challenged their sentences and to all future cases. He says families of murder victims deserved the certainty of knowing those sentences would stand.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 01:29:38 +0000 Rick Pluta 13949 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge says hundreds of Michigan's juvenile lifers should be eligible for parole Advocates say juvenile prisoners are at risk http://michiganradio.org/post/advocates-say-juvenile-prisoners-are-risk <p></p><p>Michigan is one of 25 states that allow convicted teens, under the age of 18, to be imprisoned with adults.</p><p>Attorney Deborah LaBelle is a juvenile justice advocate with the ACLU. She estimates nearly 200,000 children have been abused in adult prisons. LaBelle recently returned from Washington, D.C. where the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conducted a hearing on this issue with representatives from the U.S. State Department. The hearing focused on the physical, sexual, and psychological abuse experienced by children when housed with adults in prisons.</p><p>"In addition to the physical and psychological harm that's going on, putting children in the adult facilitates also results in them losing the very two things that makes them children: education and contact with their family and parents," LaBelle said in this interview with Jennifer White.</p><p><em>You can listen to the full interview above. </em></p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:42:55 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 11658 at http://michiganradio.org Advocates say juvenile prisoners are at risk Michigan locking up fewer kids, but is that good enough? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-locking-fewer-kids-good-enough <p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Fewer teens and kids are incarcerated now in Michigan than&nbsp;fifteen years ago. <a href="http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={DFAD838E-1C29-46B4-BE8A-4D8392BC25C9}">A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation</a> says youth incarceration in the state has dropped 44 percent since 1997.</span></font></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:19:41 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 11441 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan locking up fewer kids, but is that good enough? New Michigan law makes it easier to erase juvenile crimes http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-law-makes-it-easier-erase-juvenile-crimes <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill to make it easier for people to wipe juvenile crimes off their record.<br><br>The new law will allow people to go to court to erase up to three offenses a year after the case is closed, instead of five years. The old law allowed only one offense to be expunged.<br><br>The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, was easily approved in the Michigan House and Senate before the Legislature's recent adjournment.<br> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:38:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10562 at http://michiganradio.org New Michigan law makes it easier to erase juvenile crimes Court: No review of sentences for current juvenile lifers http://michiganradio.org/post/court-no-review-sentences-current-juvenile-lifers <p>The <a href="http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov:81/OPINIONS/FINAL/COA/20121115_C307758_66_307758.OPN.PDF">Michigan Court of Appeals ruled</a> that the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/supreme-court-rules-life-without-parole-juveniles-unconstitutional">U.S. Supreme Court decision</a> striking down mandatory life sentences for juveniles convicted of murder does not apply retroactively.</p><p>The case involved a resentencing request for Raymond Carp. In 2006, Carp was convicted of first-degree murder as a 16-year old.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:10:33 +0000 Mark Brush 9957 at http://michiganradio.org Court: No review of sentences for current juvenile lifers Michigan AG continues fight to keep juvenile lifers behind bars http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ag-continues-fight-keep-juvenile-lifers-behind-bars <p>State Attorney General Bill Schuette has not given up on trying to keep juvenile lifers behind bars.</p><p>Next week, he plans to file to join a case before the state Court of Appeals involving a 21-year-old man convicted in 2006 of assisting a murder.</p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles as unconstitutional.<br><br>Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout says the attorney general believes the ruling should not apply to people who are already serving sentences.<br><br>"For many of these cases it's been years, decades even, since the crime occurred. And these victims’ families thought they had a sense of closure. This could result in them having to be hauled back into court, relive the crime, be re-victimized again. And it would really be a mess for our justice system here in Michigan," says Yearout.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>The ACLU of Michigan says the state cannot continue to keep people in jail without a new hearing if the U.S. Supreme Court says the sentence is cruel and unusual.</p><p>Michigan has more than 360 people serving mandatory life sentences for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:08:30 +0000 Jake Neher 9218 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan AG continues fight to keep juvenile lifers behind bars Schuette: Teen lifers don’t deserve re-sentencing http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-teen-lifers-don-t-deserve-re-sentencing <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says hundreds of juveniles sentenced to life without parole for murder or complicity in a murder should not get re-sentencing hearings.</p><p>Schuette says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Michigan&rsquo;s mandatory life without parole law for juveniles should only apply to future cases. He has asked the state Supreme Court to limit the scope of the federal decision.</p><p style="text-indent: 0.5in;">Randy Wood is a spokesman for the attorney general. He says Schuette believes re-sentencing hearings would be a mistake.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 19:15:06 +0000 Rick Pluta 8507 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette: Teen lifers don’t deserve re-sentencing Juvenile lifer ruling requires authorities to track down victims http://michiganradio.org/post/juvenile-lifer-ruling-requires-authorities-track-down-victims <p>There is some question on the reach of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.</p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette&rsquo;s office says it may only apply going forward and not to the 366 juvenile lifers currently serving in Michigan prisons.</p><p>Dawn Van Hoek directs the State Appellate Defender Office, which represents some of the juvenile lifers. She disagrees and said every juvenile sentenced to life without parole should get a new hearing.</p><p>&ldquo;I think they&rsquo;ve already signaled, the Supreme Court has, and, you know, you have to wonder why even bother if you&rsquo;re not going to apply it to the hundreds of people who were affected nationwide by these unconstitutional laws,&rdquo; said Van Hoek.</p><p>That would also require the state to track down the families of murder victims who have a right under Michigan law to testify at sentencing hearings. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:01:46 +0000 Rick Pluta 8317 at http://michiganradio.org State laws allowing life sentences without parole for juveniles unconstitutional http://michiganradio.org/post/state-laws-allowing-life-sentences-without-parole-juveniles-unconstitutional <p>The U.S. Supreme Court this morning struck down state laws that allow juveniles to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. The ruling says life without parole for crimes that occurred when a felon was younger than 18 is excessive and violates the Eighth Amendment.</p><p>Michigan is one of several states that allowed juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole. The state has more than 350 people in state prisons serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:47:47 +0000 Rick Pluta 8024 at http://michiganradio.org State laws allowing life sentences without parole for juveniles unconstitutional Supreme Court rules life without parole for juveniles unconstitutional http://michiganradio.org/post/supreme-court-rules-life-without-parole-juveniles-unconstitutional <p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders violates the Constitution&#39;s Eighth Amendment (the ban on cruel and unusual punishment).</p><p>The ruling has big ramifications on Michigan. The state has one of the highest populations of juvenile offenders serving life sentences---358 out of about 2,500 nationwide.</p><p>The ACLU sued the state of Michigan back in 2010. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aclu-challenges-mi-juvenile-lifer-law">Their press release at the time</a> said the United States is the only country in the world that sentences young people to life without the possibility of parole:</p><blockquote><p>....and Michigan incarcerates the second highest number of people serving life sentences without parole for crimes committed when they were 17 years old or younger. Currently, there are 350 individuals serving such mandatory life sentences in Michigan.</p></blockquote><p>In a<a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-9646g2i8.pdf"> 5-4 decision</a>, the U.S. Supreme Court drew from two previous cases---one banning the death penalty for youth offenders and the other outlawing life without parole for juveniles in non-homicide cases.</p><p>Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the majority, said that those previous cases establish that &quot;chil&shy;dren are constitutionally different from adults for sentencing purposes. Their &#39;lack of maturity&#39; and &#39;underdeveloped sense of responsibility&#39;&nbsp; lead to recklessness, impulsivity, and heedless risk-taking.&quot;</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:29:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8010 at http://michiganradio.org Supreme Court rules life without parole for juveniles unconstitutional