Juvenile Trends

Job Opening – Senior Research Associate to focus on social justice and equity

Public Policy Associates, an evaluation, research, and strategic consultation firm located in Lansing, is seeking to hire a Senior Research Associate to lead the firm’s social justice and equity work.

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MCJJ Youth Member Pursuing Career in Law Enforcement

In a Daily News article titled "Lakeview graduate pursuing career in law enforcement" Brandon Schreur writes about MCJJ youth member Antonio Leija's career interest in law enforcement.

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Gov. Rick Snyder makes additional appointments to the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the restructured Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice.

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OJJDP's Police & Youth Engagement Project: Supporting the Role of Law Enforcement in Juvenile Justice System Improvement

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is looking for young people who are interested in applying to participate in an institute that will focus on police and youth engagement.

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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the restructured Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice.

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MCJJ Currently Looking for Youth Members Ages 24 and Under

The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice is currently looking for youth members ages 24 and under who might be interested in serving on the committee.

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Justice Mary Beth Kelly Appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

Justice Mary Beth Kelly, Chair of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ), has been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ).

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States Move Toward Treating 17-Year-Old Offenders as Juveniles, Not Adults

In a New York Times article titled "States Move Toward Treating 17-Year-Old Offenders as Juveniles, Not Adults" Erik Eckholm describes how states are are participating in a national “raise the age” movement that has won bipartisan support.

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House Committee OKs Raising Age For Juvenile Crimes To 17

Those 17 and under would be placed into the juvenile criminal justice system instead of the current 16 and under, except for the most serious crimes, under legislation unanimously approved Tuesday by the House Criminal Justice Committee.

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U.S. Supreme Court Orders Juvenile Lifers to Get Parole Consideration

The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that its 2012 ban on automatic life sentences without parole for those who committed crimes as juveniles must be applied retroactively. The ruling means more than 350 Michigan prisoners sentenced for crimes committed when they were 16 or younger may be considered for parole.

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Technical Assistance Offered for Youth in Custody Practice Model

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), will provide technical assistance to up to three agencies to implement the new Youth in Custody Practice Model.

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Detroit News Supports Juvenile Justice Reform

In an editorial headlined "Raise the Age," the Detroit News supported legislative efforts aimed at treating juvenile offenders differently than adults and giving them the best chance to become productive, law-abiding adults.

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MCJJ Chair Testifies in Support of Juvenile Justice Reforms

Mary Beth Kelly, chair of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, voiced her support of legislation to treat more young people in the juvenile justice system, rather than the adult criminal justice system.

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Legislation Would Raise Age for Adult Prosecution

Bipartisan legislation has been announced to permit 17-year-olds to be processed in Michigan's juvenile courts, rather than automatically prosecuted as adults.

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2013 Juvenile Arrest Data Available on MCJJ Web Site

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.

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Appeals Court Declares Juveniles' Right to Sentencing by Jury in Life-Without-Parole Cases

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.

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Editorial Endorses Effective Diversion Programs

The Detroit News recently published an editorial calling for strong state efforts to protect juvenile offenders and keep them out of prison.

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Justice Kelly Stepping Down from Supreme Court, Will remain MCJJ Chair

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 will remain as chair of the MCJJ and plans to focus more attention on juvenile justice.

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Governor Snyder Calls for Juvenile Justice Reform

Governor Rick Snyder wants more youth put into diversion programs, rather than the juvenile justice system, to improve their chances of success as youths and adults.

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Muskegon Works to Reduce School Expulsions and Suspensions

Muskegon area school districts have launched a pilot program to provide support to students, rather than suspensions and expulsions. The goal is to keep them in school and get them on the right track.

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