Current Projects

MCYJ seeks to improve youth justice services from the point of first contact with the police through reentry from incarceration, using a trauma-informed lens. Through research, collaboration, and advocacy-oriented strategies, we work to shape public policy and educate justice system stakeholders. 

Following the death of 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks and the subsequent investigation into residential placement facilities, MCYJ has joined the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, along with several other organizations, to improve policies and procedures pertaining to youth safety in residential facilities. 

MCYJ is working in partnership with Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit to create LGBTQ+ affirming juvenile justice system in Wayne County that does not criminalize LGBTQ+ youth, appropriately addresses their unique needs in community-based settings, and prevents harms associated with detention and incarceration.

In Michigan, the assessment and collection of fines and fees on justice-involved youth can have lasting detrimental effects. MCYJ has called upon Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Supreme Court to end these harmful practices.

The Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration is dedicated to leveraging individual and organizational power to reduce our prison and jail populations in the state.