Creating Collaborative Partnerships to Benefit Court-Involved Youth: How to Expand the Continuum-of-Care in your Community

A Free Training for Juvenile Court Administrators


Tuesday, June 25, 2019
9am - 12pm

Otsego County DHHS Office
931 S. Otsego Ave, Gaylord, MI, 49735

The Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD), the Northern Michigan Juvenile Court Association and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Division of Juvenile Justice, Native American Affairs and Race Equity, are offering this FREE training for juvenile court administrators in Michigan. At the training participants will:

● Hear from experts about how to create partnerships with your local Community Mental Health (CMH), Michigan Works!, and Intermediate School District (ISD) to expand community-based services for court-involved youth in your jurisdiction.
● Learn from juvenile courts that have developed successful partnerships and implemented new collaborative projects.


We encourage juvenile court administrators to attend and bring your local representatives from CMH, Michigan Works!, and ISD offices.

Past Events

Town Hall Meetings on Clean Slate Legislation

Expungements are a way to clear a criminal record from public view, making it easier for impacted people to get second chances. Unfortunately, Michigan’s current expungement process is limited, complicated, and confusing, forcing applicants to acquire copies of their records, apply to a judge, get fingerprinted, pay a fee, and sometimes even more.

Join MCCD and Nation Outside, along with our partners at Just Leadership USA and Safe and Just Michigan for a series of town hall meetings to discuss expungement and how to bring Clean Slate to Michigan. We want to hear from people who have been impacted by the justice system and who stand to benefit from greater access to expungements.

We hope that you will join us at one of these free events. Please RSVP so that we can plan for your attendance.

LANSING: Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Michigan History Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St.


SAGINAW: Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood House Samaritas Center, 3145 Russell St.

KALAMAZOO: Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Michigan United, 1009 E. Stockbridge Ave. 

YPSILANTI: Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Robert C Barnes Sr. Marketplace Hall, 16 South Washington Street 

FLINT: Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 pm at the Nazarene MBC, 4310 MLK Blvd. 

DETROIT: Saturday, March 9 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Nazarene MBC, 901 Melbourne St.

National Day of Empathy - March 5, 2019

The Day of Empathy is a national day of action to generate empathy on a massive scale for millions of Americans impacted by the criminal justice system. On March 5, 2019, Americans impacted by the criminal justice system nationwide will meet with lawmakers to share their stories and experiences. In order to reform our criminal justice system, we must first humanize and empathize with those who are impacted by it.

The Day of Empathy highlights the need for #JusticeReformNOW and shares the perspectives of Americans impacted by the current justice system - from survivors of violent crime to those who are addicted to opioids or other drugs and those who are mentally ill to incarcerated individuals working to transform themselves, people with a criminal record desperately seeking a second chance, and all community members impacted by crime, public safety, and violence.

Without empathy, we cannot achieve meaningful policy changes that keep our communities safe, our families whole, and our economy strong.

The Day of Empathy shines a light on people impacted by the criminal justice system to, uplift their voices, and win over hearts and minds towards the idea that transformation is possible.

Join Nation Outside and the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, along with our co-sponsors at Safe and Just Michigan, the Carceral State Project at the University of Michigan, Justice Through Storytelling, and the Detroit Justice Center on March 5th, 2018 from 8:30am-11:00am for programming, personal testimony, and breakfast. From 11:00am-4:00pm  individuals will have the option to speak with their legislator about one of three different policy priorities: 

1. Dignity for Incarcerated Women
2. Clean Slate Legislation
3. Michigan's Raise the Age campaign 

The Day of Empathy is free to attend, but we do ask that you register in advance. 

Michigan Safety & Justice Round Table

September 6 & 7, 2018 - The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

On September 6th and 7th 2018, The Hudson-Webber Foundation, in partnership with the Michigan League for Public Policy, Mackinac Center and the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, convened over 150 leaders and experts to discuss fair and equitable justice system approaches that promote community safety and positive youth development while also addressing crime.


With a diverse group of speakers, and dedicated small and large group discussions, the energy in the room was palpable.


Attendees were welcomed by state candidates, including Dana Nessel and Tom Leonard for Attorney General, and Garland Gilchrist, for Lieutenant Governor. State and local experts Sheryl Kubiak, Amanda Alexander, Kevin Bowling, Paul Elam and Alice Thompson provided an overview of key issues and challenges to be examined during the roundtable. Keynote speakers Vincent Schiraldi, Professor at Columbia University and Mark Holden, Senior Vice President at Koch Industries, challenged attendees to address seemingly intractable challenges and develop creative solutions.

Over a month later, we here at MCCD are eager to support keeping the momentum going on the many potential action steps that participants recommended. The agendas, speaker biographies, and powerpoint presentations are available below.

In partnership with the Foundation, MCCD coordinated the development of content for the Roundtables, including 12 issue briefs (six on juvenile justice & six on adult criminal justice), and served as the lead facilitator for both the planning committees and large group discussions. Currently, we are synthesizing each of the small and large group discussions and enhancing each of the issue briefs with this rich additional information. Once finished, Hudson Webber Foundation and the other co-hosts will be distributing them to legislative staff and the public at large.


Stay tuned for an alert when the finalized briefs are available! 


The briefs cover the following topics:


Juvenile Justice:

·      Youth Justice Data Collection & Management

·      Preventing Juvenile Justice Involvement

·      Diverting Youth from the Juvenile Justice System

·      Using Evidence-Based Practices with Justice Involved Youth

·      Expanding Community-Based Care for Justice Involved Youth

·      Expanding Reentry & Aftercare for Youth Returning Home after Out-of-Home Placement


Adult Criminal Justice:

·      Data Collection & Reporting

·      Community Policing

·      Poverty & Confinement

·      Alternatives to Incarceration

·      Length of Stay

·      Removing Post-Incarceration Barriers

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