Mich. bill limits who sees juvenile criminal info

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Senate has voted to keep the public from seeing juvenile criminal history information on a state database.

The bill approved 35-0 Wednesday now heads to the House.

The legislation would keep juvenile records off limits to everyone but authorities with access to the Law Enforcement Information Network, or LEIN.

Until recently, the public and media could see juvenile offender information through the ICHAT database for a $10 fee per check. State police changed policy in the summer.

The bill would codify the change.

The bill's sponsor is Republican Sen. Roger Kahn of Saginaw Township. He says juveniles should get a chance to move on with their lives without the stigma of a criminal record.

The Michigan Press Association opposes the measure, favoring the public's right to know.

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