Far too many of Michigan's most vulnerable children - particularly those affected by trauma, abuse, neglect, mental illness and disability - either drift into or are referred into a juvenile justice system that is inappropriate and ill equipped to serve their needs.
Launched in 1979, the Michigan Juvenile Justice Collaborative strives to advance policies and practices that prevent delinquency and promote developmentally-appropriate, community-based interventions. The Collaborative’s membership includes over 60 individuals and organizations dedicated to improving Michigan’s juvenile justice system.
The Michigan Juvenile Justice Collaborative will work to advance policies and practices that prevent delinquency, promote rehabilitation, and support transitional services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system and will raise awareness about the need for best practices that are equitable and just.
Convening Stakeholders – MCCD hosts bi-monthly Collaborative meetings, aimed at building partnerships among juvenile justice advocates. Each meeting, a member of the Collaborative will use their expertise to facilitate an in-depth presentation and discussion on topics related to juvenile justice. Recent topics include: juvenile justice funding, new requirements of the sex offender registry, and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Updates & Alerts – MCCD regularly disseminates information via the Collaborative mailing list, including research articles, policy updates, upcoming events, and successes of Collaborative members.
Advocacy – Collaborative members frequently collaborate to advance key pieces of legislation. In 2009, the Collaborative partnered with The Future of Children to host the Juvenile Justice Legislative Day, educating over 100 Michigan legislators and child advocates about evidence-based approaches to juvenile justice.
Research & Materials Development – The Collaborative drafts and disseminates policy statements and issue briefs on a range of juvenile justice topics.