The New York Times reports that the pace of changes to protect prisoners from rape has slowed.
Thousands of Michigan children and youth have been incarcerated in the adult prison system because of policies that are ineffective, unfair, and costly, according to a new report by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.
The cost of the consequences of youth incarceration could be between $8 billion and $21 billion a year, according to a Justice Policy Institute report.
The New York Governor's Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice has made a series of recommendations for juvenile justice reform. Among other things, it would raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.
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