In the 1990s, many states, including Michigan, began getting tough on juvenile crime.
That meant harsher sentencing and sending more youth to adult prisons.
Between 2003 and 2013, Michigan sent thousands of youth under the age of 18 to serve time in adult prisons.
But many are beginning to question the effectiveness of those “tough on crime” policies.
Advocates for reform say that sending a young person to an adult prison can have devastating consequences.