Our History

Since our establishment in 1956, the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD) has been a trailblazer in addressing the causes of crime. MCCD was founded by concerned citizen leaders from throughout our state as a vehicle to assure that the laws and policies aimed at controlling crime were fair, effective and affordable. Today, we are still the only statewide citizen’s organization devoted exclusively to providing community safety. Our services remain outcome focused and dedicated to advancing research-based, prevention-focused systems, and utilize balanced and restorative justice principles, community prevention planning and services that break generational cycles of crime.

60 Years of Advocacy

In honor of MCCD’s 60th Anniversary (2016), we documented our work throughout the past six decades. We invite you to read about our accomplishments below.

 The Michigan Crime and Delinquency Council, later changed to “Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency,” was initially created in response to the turmoil of the 1952 Jackson Prison riots, when over 2,600 inmates rebelled against poor, crowded, and inhumane conditions. As a result of the $2.5 million in damages caused by the... 

1966-1976: A Time of Growth

By the end of MCCD’s inaugural project with the Michigan Dept. of Corrections (MDOC), the Saginaw Project, state prison rates dropped by half from 1957-1960 by “expand[ing] probation and parole staff and “encourag[ing] sound and tested techniques.” The National Council on Crime and Delinquency evaluated MCCD’s and MDOC’s progress...

1976-1986: Youth Diversion Begins

 Beginning in 1977, MCCD and its partners within the Michigan Office of Children and Youth Services (OCYS) set out to increase diversion options for youth entering the court system. Administered by OCYS, a Diversion Services Project was designed to assess both the feasibility of implementing new projects and their effectiveness in reducing further... 

1986-1996: Major Changes in the Juvenile & Adult Systems

During this decade, MCCD and its partners witnessed major policy changes in the juvenile and adult justice systems as part of the “tough on crime” philosophy sweeping the country. These include expansion of the automatic waiver of juveniles to adult court for trial and sentencing and Michigan’s massive prison expansion. Leadership in Lansing engaged...

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