New information on juvenile arrests and juvenile arrest rates in Michigan in 2013 is now available on this Web site. The data are broken down by type of crime and gender, age, and race. It includes arrest information for the state as a whole and for each county.
Michigan juveniles convicted in adult courts have the right to let a jury decide sentences when they face the possibility of a life sentence with no possibility of parole, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled. The ruling is expected to be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court.
The Detroit News recently published an editorial calling for strong state efforts to protect juvenile offenders and keep them out of prison.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly, who chairs the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, announced she is stepping down from the high court on Oct. 1. She told Gongwer News Service she can do more to improve the juvenile justice system while off the court.
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 Positive Action Program will address the risk factors of availability of alcohol and other drugs, low academic achievement, negative attitude toward school/low bonding/low school attachment
The Michigan Department of Human Services' Bureau of Juvenile Justice (BJJ)'s goal is to develop a reentry framework for youth returning to the community after residential placement in a state-operated juvenile justice facility. The Michigan Youth Reentry Initiative will develop and implement an evidence-based reentry model for youth exiting BJJ facilities and make recommendations for successful reintegration models system-wide.