Nearly two-thirds of Michigan voters believe that youth under the age of 18 should never be placed in state prisons or county jails that house adults, according to a new poll commissioned by Public Policy Associates, Inc.
Michigan is one of four states working with the National Governors Association to strengthen their juvenile justice systems, helping vulnerable youth and creating safer communities.
Alcona County Prosecutor Thomas Weichel vows to make sure rural perspectives are considered in his new position as a member of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice.
Voters support sending serious juvenile offenders to corrections facilities, but prefer less-costly alternatives for lower-level offenders, according to a nationwide poll by a bipartisan team of pollsters.
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.
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Juvenile Justice Programs, Department of Human Services