Category Archives: Juvenile Arrest

Wrongful Convictions Among Juveniles

  Just a short while back, we looked at a new study that reveals some very disturbing information about false confessions . Namely, the fact that they are so easy to elicit. But what is even more troubling is that among juveniles the situation is even worse.

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Washtenaw County Armed Robbery

Police Arrest 3 Teens  While the hazards of being a pizza delivery person are widely known to include verbal harassment and poor if any tips, it isn’t common to be robbed at gunpoint while delivering pizza. However, the police have recently arrested three teenagers suspected of robbing several pizza delivery drivers in what is being […]

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Michigan “Youth Behind Bars”

Report Criticizes State Law A recent report on juveniles in prison criticizes the state of Michigan for “funneling children into Michigan’s adult prison system due to a series of harsh ‘tough on crime’ laws…” From 2003 through 2013, the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency studied incarcerated youth who had been tried as adults; gathering […]

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Malicious Destruction of Police Property AND Resisting and Obstructing

8-Year-Old Child With Special Needs Faces Felony Charges Police reports allege that an 8-year-old Allegan County boy destroyed the rear camera located inside the back of a police patrol car while being transported to school.  As a result, Edward Hart has now been charged with malicious destruction of police property and resisting and obstructing.  Both […]

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Governor Snyder’s Public Safety Message to the Legislature

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced his plan to help “reinvent public safety in Michigan.” Highlights of that plan include the addition of approximately 200 Michigan State Troopers to the force and approximately 20 state crime lab forensic scientists. The plan asks for more money to be available for the creation of special treatment courts, […]

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MI Sex Offenses – Do All Degrees of Sexual Assault Require Inclusion on the State Offender Registry?

Recent bills approved by the Michigan Senate would adjust the requirements for including younger people convicted of sexual crimes, and therefore required to register on the state Sex Offender Registry. As sex offenses can change one’s life permanently, the changes hope to provide an opportunity for teenage sex offenders to successfully rehabilitate and integrate themselves back into society.

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MI Kidnapping Charges – Michigan Ex-Con Taken Into Custody For Attempted Abductions and Rape Charges

Over the weekend, a Michigan ex-convict was taken into custody by police after allegedly attempting to abduct four women during a three hour period, raping one.

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MI Criminal Matters – Detroit Shooting Leads Experts to Debate: Is Girls’ Criminal Activity on the Rise?

Although national statistics show that teenage females are much less likely to commit an aggravated assault then males, a recent Detroit shooting involving girl-on-girl violence has left experts in a bit of a debate on the issue–is female adolescent crime on the rise?

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MI Motor Vehicle Charges – Two Teens Arrested for Unlawful Joy Ride in School Bus

Even seemingly harmless pranks can land the jokesters in serious trouble, particularly if any city owned property is taken. In a recent case, two teenagers were arrested after taking a Whiteford Township school bus for a joy ride, stealing it out of the personal driveway of a local bus driver.

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Criminal Matters – Juvenile Life Without Parole Restricted by US Supreme Court

Although a 2005 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court prohibits the state from sentencing any juvenile to the death penalty, the court further clarified the ruling this week. In a 5 to 4 decision, non-homicidal minors can no longer be incarcerated for life, and must be given a “meaningful” chance to obtain their freedom. The majority based their ruling on the basis that it was unconstitutional and violated the Eighth Amendment on cruel and unusual punishments.

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