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. 

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.

Set Asides & Record Confidentiality

MCYJ's 2020 legislative campaign will focus on improving record confidentiality  for justice involved youth. Our organization is advocating for policy change to protect the confidentiality of youth to advance employment, education, and housing opportunities.


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. 

Nation Outside

Nation Outside's mission is to organize, mobilize, and support formerly incarcerated people and their families to advocate for political and social changes that will reduce racial profiling and incarceration, to educate the community about the successes and contributions of the formerly incarcerated in order to enhance their capacity to thrive.   

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Ann Arbor, MI 48105