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IPR, Record-Eagle collaborate on special series: 'Kids in Crisis'

Cheboygan County Sherriff Department
Michael Livingston
In Cheboygan, the sheriff is adding special cells for youth who need to be detained. There's no room in many parts of northern Michigan for juvenile offenders — and in some cases they need to be transported out of state. (Photo: Michael Livingston/IPR)

If you’re a young person in Michigan, and you’re arrested, what happens next can depend largely on where you are.

Different counties have different approaches to how they handle juveniles accused of crimes, or those who are considered a danger to themselves or others.

And in northern Michigan, scarce resources can make the problem even more complicated.

IPR News and the Traverse City Record-Eagle are about to launch a multi-part series exploring the state’s juvenile justice system. The first story appears in Sunday’s Record-Eagle, and will be heard Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

IPR’s Michael Livingston and Record-Eagle reporter Elizabeth Brewer are working on this project. They previewed their work in a conversation with IPR’s Dan Wanschura. Listen, above.