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Our Vision 

Our Vision is a fair and effective justice system for Michigan's children, youth, and young adults.

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Our Mission

We work to advance equitable youth justice policies and practices that protect young people and help them achieve their full potential. 

Our Core Values

At MCYJ, we value:

Community and Connection: Youth deserve to remain connected to their families and communities, even if they become justice system-involved. They should be recognized for their strengths and value, not just for their mistakes.

Commitment: We can be counted on to persist in our work for fair, equitable justice reform for Michigan's children, youth, and young adults. We will never stop re-imagining compassionate solutions.

Equity: All justice-involved youth are treated in a fair and just manner that considers the systematic practices and biases related to identity, background, and personal experience.

Inclusion: We believe that diverse perspectives create better solutions. Families who are impacted by the youth justice system should be at the center of our work.

Restoration: The youth justice system should be restorative and rehabilitative. Kids who get in trouble are still kids. 

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