Our Vision is a fair and effective justice system for Michigan’s children, youth, and young adults.
We work to advance equitable youth justice policies and practices that protect young people and help them achieve their full potential.
In 2021, we worked to:
Advocate for the removal of shackling for justice-involved youth
Increase juvenile record confidentiality
Promote the elimination of juvenile court fines and fees
Create a local anti-racist juvenile justice model in Kalamazoo
Continued to offer gender-affirming training and technical support to Wayne county juvenile justice providers
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.
Effectiveness: We are results-driven and work with integrity. We can be counted on to deliver fair, equitable justice reform for Michigan’s children, youth, and young adults.
Equity: All youth should be treated in a fair and just manner by the youth justice system, regardless of who they are or where they come from.
Inclusion: People who are impacted by a problem should be at the center of our advocacy. We believe in creating a big tent. Nonpartisanship and divergent perspectives create better solutions.
Possibility: Every problem has a solution if we work together, think outside the box, and are willing to try new things.
Restoration: The youth justice system should be restorative and rehabilitative. Kids who get in trouble are still kids.