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Executive Director, Mary King, speaks on  Detroit Public TV about Poverty, Prison, and Delinquency.

A Follow-Up - Poverty: A Pathway to Prison - The Intersection Chapter 3: Poverty

In-Home Care Grant

Final Report 2019

In Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016, the Michigan Legislature continued appropriation funding to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for the In-Home Care Grant (IHC). IHC supports rural counties in developing and implementing innovative and community-based juvenile justice programs. The goal of the IHC grant is to improve and expand sustainable, evidence-based treatment programming for youth, to serve as cost- effective alternatives to detention or other out-of-home placements.

 

This final report summarizes the accomplishments of each IHC pilot site and provides lessons learned and recommendations for planning, implementing, and replicating new community-based programs for justice- involved youth. The information shared within this report was obtained from monthly and final summary reports completed by each of the IHC grantees.

Transforming Justice for Youth with Diverse SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression) in Wayne County

This report outlines the activities of the project, highlights the lessons learned about how to support the health, safety and well-being of justice-involved youth with diverse SOGIE in Wayne County, and discusses the next steps to continue advancing justice for youth with diverse SOGIE in confinement. 

 

This project, funded by The McGregor Fund, was a partnership between MCCD, the Ruth Ellis Center, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Over the course of two years, we hosted listening sessions with directly impacted youth, facilitated two SOGIE trainings for juvenile justice staff, and worked with Assured Family Services and the Care Management Organizations in Wayne County to develop SOGIE affirming policies and practices. 

 

As a result of these activities,

  • Over 100 juvenile justice staff in Wayne County were trained in SOGIE 101 frameworks and identities, and how to implement diverse SOGIE affirming policies and practices.

  • Partner organizations have implemented an average of 21 new policies to affirm the health, safety, and well-being of youth with diverse SOGIE in their care.

  • The number of referrals to the Ruth Ellis Center increased by 50%.

  • There was a 22.6% decrease in the number of youth with diverse SOGIE held in detention and residential placement, and the average length of stay for those youth was reduced by 12%.

Restoring Kids; Transforming Communities

Enhancing Michigan's Approach to Juvenile Diversion

Using qualitative and quantitative data, the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD) sought to understand better how early diversion practices in Michigan align with nationally recognized best practices. The scope of this report includes diversion programs initiated before juvenile court adjudication and excludes programs that divert adjudicated youth from deeper system involvement, such as mental health and drug courts and detention diversion programs.

Youth Behind Bars

By Kristen Staley and Michelle Weemhoff

Youth Behind Bars: Exploring the Impact of Prosecuting and Incarcerating Kids in Michigan’s Criminal Justice System documents how Michigan’s outdated approach to youth justice does little to rehabilitate children, protect public safety, or wisely invest taxpayer dollars.

The report has found that “tough on crime” youth policies are ineffective, unfair, and cost taxpayers a lot of money. The report recommends raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18, allowing 17-year olds to access rehabilitative juvenile services.

Community Solutions Toolkit and Resource Guide

Launching and Sustaining Juvenile Justice Solutions Through Effective Community-Based Programs

The Community Solutions Toolkit and Resource Guide was developed by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD), a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness of policies and systems aimed at preventing and reducing crime.

 

First Edition December 2013

There's No Place Like Home: Making the Case for Wise Investment in Juvenile Justice

By Kristen Staley and Michelle Weemhoff

National data shows that 44 states have reduced the number of youth in residential placement and secure detention on and are increasing community-based programs because they cost less, decrease reoffending, and improve youth and family well- being. At the same me, incidences of violent youth crime are plummeting dramatically across the country.

 

Michigan is among the states experiencing a decline in out-of-home placement. Within the past decade, the state has transformed its juvenile justice system away from harsh, punitive treatment into one celebrated for innovation and effectiveness.

Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative: The MPRI Model

Policy Statements and Recommendations

In 2005, the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI) was created through a state/local partnership between the state (the Office of the Governor, the Governor’s Office of the Foundation Liaison, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG), the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA), and community stakeholders, represented by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD).   The success of the MPRI is well documented and has received not only national attention, but has been the driving force behind an expanded model for improved prisoner reentry now implemented in 14 other states.

Michigan Youth Re-Entry Model

Building a Reentry Framework for Youth, Families and Communities

The Michigan Youth Reentry Model was prepared by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Human Services Bureau of Juvenile Justice, the Michigan Department of Correction and stakeholders of the Michigan Youth Reentry Workgroup. The Michigan Youth Reentry Workgroup was supported by the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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