Michigan was originally home to various Native American tribes; in the 1600s, French fur traders began settling the state, founding Detroit in 1701. After passing between the French, British, and Americans, and then becoming embroiled in a dispute with Ohio commonly referred to as the Toledo War, the territory now known as Michigan became a U.S. state in 1837. Waves of immigration from Europe (starting in the mid-1800s) and the American south (starting in the 1910s) have marked the development of crime, police, and punishment in the state. Today, ...

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