The Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency has published a new Community Solutions Toolkit and Resource Guide to help Michigan counties, service providers, and juvenile justice stakeholders develop and improve in-home and community-based programs.
A federal judge has ordered Michigan officials to establish a process for considering parole for prisoners with life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed as juveniles. Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to appeal.
The Detroit News highlighted the importance of reducing truancy and of an ambitious statewide initiative to improve school attendance through state and local partnerships.
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.