Public sector

Michigan prosecutors defying U.S. Supreme Court on ‘juvenile lifers’

The U.S. Supreme Court has instructed states that only “rare” circumstances should keep juvenile offenders in prison for life. Despite this ruling, prosecutors across Michigan have filed petitions seeking to hold most juvenile lifers behind bars until they die.




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Public sector

In prison for decades, one juvenile lifer’s quest for redemption

Convicted of a Macomb County murder in 1992, Bosie Smith, now 41, has earned consistent praise for his leadership from prison staff and even a former warden.




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Guest commentary

Former Gov. Milliken urges Lansing to ban juvenile lifer laws

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken has actively worked behind the scenes to galvanize opposition to laws that put juvenile offenders behind bars for life.




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Vulnerable children & families

Beyond bottled water: Huge checks, slow progress test patience in Flint

Delivering pallets of water was the easy part. Now it gets messy, as various players jockey for position, balance competing interests and struggle with plans to repair the city and its people after a crisis like no other.




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Vulnerable children & families

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Think America doesn’t give a damn about Flint? 15,000 donors disagree

15,000 donations have poured in to help Flint kids battling lead poisoning. One-dollar bills and five-figure checks arrive almost daily from schoolchildren and prison inmates, elderly widows and romance writers. Here are a few of their stories.




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