The Youth Advocate Programs Policy and Advocacy Center has released a report highlighting cost-effective, community-based alternatives to incarceration for high-needs youth.
Berrien County takes an ecological approach to helping youth entering the juvenile justice system, and it is paying off, Michigan Radio reports.
Michigan's efforts to reduce school suspensions, expulsions, and truancy were highlighted recently in a column in the Midland Daily News.
The Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency is sponsoring forums on strategies for keeping youth out of prison beginning with an August 6, 2014 event in Flint.
The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ) is making the reduction of school truancy and elimination of the school to prison pipeline one of its top priorities for the next three years. Students who miss excessive amounts of class are far more likely to drop out of school, enter the juvenile justice system, and eventually, end up in prison, research shows. Unnecessary suspensions and expulsions also contribute to the problem.
The Families and Schools Together (FAST) – Middle School FAST model is being implemented to reduce compulsive behaviors in youth such as substance abuse and violence, and to improve positive scholastic behaviors, while building resiliency factors against risks and stressors that contribute to violence and delinquency.
The City of Albion is participating in a delinquency prevention planning process intended to reduce risk and enhance protective factors as a way to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system.
This school truancy program focuses on children and youth between the ages of 6 to 15 who have been reported by the school as having significant non-attendance patterns that are considered truant according to school policy.