The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ) provides advice, suggestions and solutions to Governor Rick Snyder on juvenile justice issues.  It works collaboratively with the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies.  The Committee has been instrumental in changing practices, policies, and philosophies to improve the juvenile justice system.

The Committee appointed in January 2015 has adopted five priority areas. These are:

  • Data
  • Diversion
  • School-Justice Partnership
  • Raise the Age for Juvenile Jurisdiction in Michigan
  • Establishment of Mental Health Courts

The Committee distributes grants to support community prevention, intervention aftercare and reintegration services to youth.  Other grants focus on technological advances needed to meet OJJDP data-collection and analysis requirements.

The mission of the MCJJ is to advise the Governor on matters related to juvenile justice legislation and administration, to mobilize communities to develop and implement prevention services, and to create a strategic plan that sets standards, determines priorities and allocates funds for successful delinquency prevention and rehabilitative programs.

The vision of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice is to be a national leader in the prevention of and treatment of juvenile delinquency. Through forward looking leadership, innovative programs and services, and commitment to comprehensive partnerships, the Bureau of Juvenile Justice will be instrumental in building safe and supportive communities.

Created in 1975, the MCJJ is an important liaison with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), an office of the federal Department of Justice.  It is required to develop and implement a juvenile justice plan that is submitted to OJJDP every three years.  The plan includes strategies for monitoring and compliance of four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act:

  • Deinstitutionalization of status offenders (juveniles whose offense would not be a crime if the act were committed by an adult)
  • Separation of adults and juveniles in secured facilities
  • Removing juveniles from adult jails and lockups
  • Disproportionate minority contact (overrepresentation of minority youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems)

 

Governor Snyder's Executive Order 2012-1 established a newly constituted 15-member MCJJ that combines the functions of the MCJJ with those of the former Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Advisory Board, which managed and administered federal block grant money.  The new MCJJ includes judges, community and law enforcement leaders, and individuals who are in or were in the juvenile justice system themselves.

The MCJJ created this Web site as a resource and information-sharing tool for examining crime and arrest data, including trends across the state.

 

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