Policy Priorities

MCCD works to advance research and evidence-based justice programs and advocates to establish fair and effective adult and youth justice-related policies.

Partnering With Communities to Prevent Crime

Crime and delinquency are not inevitable. Communities can prevent crime by investing in families, education, workforce development, and mental health services. In turn, the criminal and juvenile justice systems will become less burdened and better able to target resources to maximize public safety.

Promoting Fair and Equitable Access to Justice

A commitment to justice for all is the cornerstone of our democracy; yet, Michigan’s public defense system is plagued by inadequate funding, high caseloads, insufficient training, and lack of oversight. Our state has an obligation to ensure that every citizen in every community is guaranteed equal access to justice – protecting the rights of victims and the accused, and assuring the general public that resulting verdicts are fair, correct, swift and final. 

Expanding Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration

Over-reliance on incarceration can increase crime and result in even higher costs to our state. Conversely, communities are safer when prison beds are reserved for dangerous offenders, and the savings are reinvested in community-based programs proven to reduce reoffending and effectively treat the underlying causes of crime.

Improving Outcomes through Safe and Effective Treatment

 From the first day an individual enters prison, the state is responsible for ensuring safe treatment and supervision of every person, holding individuals accountable for their actions, and promoting rehabilitation for a safe return to the community.  But in many instances, the experience of going to prison can pose serious risks to a person’s safety and mental health and often can increase a person’s risk to harm themselves or commit further crime. 

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