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.
A divided Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that inmates serving automatic life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed when they were juveniles are not entitled to parole consideration, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has declared such sentences unconstitutional.
Bethany Christian Services of Kent County and Child and Family Charities of Ingham County have been awarded grants by the Michigan Department of Human Services to build school-justice partnerships to reduce truancy and help young people succeed.
County-by-county data on juvenile arrests and arrest rates for 2012 are now available in the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice Web site.
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
Federal Grants Unit, Child Welfare, Funding, and Juvenile Justice Programs, Department of Human Services