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Policy Priorities

MCYJ’s priorities are to prevent crime and reduce youth involvement in the justice system, promote the use of diversion, assure equal access to justice in the courts, expand community-based services for justice-involved youth, remove all youth from adult jails and prisons, improve safety in juvenile residential/detention facilities, and increase confidentiality and expungement regarding youth records.

Kids Not Criminals

Prevent and divert youth from entering the justice system

Access to Justice

Improve access to justice for youth in court.

Keep Kids at Home

Reduce the reliance on detention and confinement and reinvest cost-savings into community-based alternatives.

Youth Behind Bars

Protect young people and limit the prosecution of youth as adults.