Whitmer signs bill to raise the age of people automatically tried as adults to 18
After years of work on bills to raise the age of people charged with crimes as adults have failed, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a plan Thursday to automatically try people 18-years-old and younger as juveniles. The plan, known as 'Raise the Age,' changes the current state law that automatically charges 17-year-old offenders as adults. Michigan is one of four states to still do so. Whitmer’s signature came after the House and Senate passed the plans in early October.