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.
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.
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.