October 3, 2011Congratulations to the August 28. 2011 workshop participants upon their graduation:from left:Sean-Paul VonAncken, Milo Pearse from Australia, Kyla Woods from Australia, Ryan Jones, Viridiana Acosta León from Mexico [planning intern].in front:Sasha, and Jenna Dern [construction intern]. [photo: David DeGomez]
Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in courtThe House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Doug Wozniak’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system.Wozniak, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of his colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit the most minor offenses. He said eliminating this outdated practice will help rehabilitate young offenders and reduce the likelihood of them breaking the law again in the future.“Seventeen-year-olds are not legal adults. They can’t vote, sign contracts or serve on juries in Michigan. And yet, we treat them like adults when it comes to our criminal justice system,” said Wozniak, of Shelby Township. “Ending this obsolete practice will ultimately make our neighborhoods safer and allow some of the taxpayer dollars currently spent on prisons to be invested in schools, roads and other critical services.”The proposal would raise the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses, allowing 17-year-olds to be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances beginning Oct. 1, 2021. Prosecutors would continue to have discretion, allowing them to waive minors who commit violent crimes into the adult system when appropriate.The measure also includes a funding plan to ensure local communities do not incur any additional costs associated with keeping 17-year-old offenders in the juvenile system, which is administered at the local level. Funding was the key sticking point that halted similar reform efforts in the past.Wozniak said the proposal is expected to save public tax dollars over time. Other states that have raised the age have downsized their juvenile justice systems and lowered both short-term and long-term costs. Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile system has been shown to reduce reoffending by 34 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.House Bills 4133-46, 4443 and 4452 now move to the full House for consideration.### Categories: Wozniak News 16Apr Rep. Wozniak: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee
SeaChange and TiVo have launched a joint solution targeting cable operators looking to launch advanced VOD services.The new Cardio solution comprises SeaChange’s interactive consumer electronics gateway software and servers that interface directly to TiVo’s user interface and set-top boxes including the Premiere, Premiere Q and Preview models. The solution supports platforms Cisco and Motorola.“Cardio improves upon a simple and hugely popular goal to give operators more choice in set-tops and subscriber experience while further leveraging their SeaChange video back office,” said Anthony Landamia, executive director, product management, SeaChange. “SeaChange and TiVo solved a fundamental challenge for operators who invested in VOD yet wanted to expand set-top options without disruption. Its capabilities will continue to evolve and support more devices and digital network vendors.”
German cable operator Kabel BW is adding four new HD channels to its platform.The operator has already added Turner’s female skewed network Glitz HD and Romance HD to its line-up this week. Next week will see RTL Living HD and Passion HD joining the platform, taking the total number of HD channels offered by Kabel BW to 46.