Juvenile criminal histories could be kept secret

Oct 9, 2013

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Juveniles who've been in trouble with the law may be able to keep that information secret under a bill passed by the Michigan Senate today.

The bill would prohibit public and media access to juvenile criminal records.

Lisa McGraw is a spokeswoman for the Michigan Press Association, which opposes the bill.

"If there’s a history situation, a repeat offender situation, I think it’s in the public’s best interest to have access to those records," McGraw says.

State Sen. Roger Kahn says the law would help young people restart their lives without fearing public disclosure.

The measure now moves  to the House.