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Other proposed changes would eliminate most fines and fees charged by juvenile courts and provide more oversight of residential facilities.
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“The recommendations, if implemented, will be transformative to the justice system,” said Jason Smith, executive director of the Michigan Center for Youth Justice, an advocacy group.
Before Grace’s case drew national attention, Michigan leaders had been focused on reforming the adult criminal justice and child welfare systems.
Another measure would expand the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office to include services for juveniles who want to appeal their cases.
He also said that onerous fines and fees are a “constant conversation and challenge,” and eliminating them would be a game changer for families. »