Closing Youth Prisons in Michigan Altogether?

Looking at reports that examine the effectiveness of youth prisons in Michigan, a report done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that children should not be kept behind bars and reccommends that they all be closed.

The foundation president and CEO, Patrick McCarthy, says these prisons have high recidivism rates and do not improve long-term outcomes for youth. Many youth are sent to prison for low-risk offenses and often don't get the guidance/support they need to get back on track. He calls them "Factories of Failure."

Fair Chance Ordinances

Mass incarceration in the United States has been an issue that has lingered having lasting effects leaving large amounts of individuals targeted, jobless, and homeless.  To put this in perspective, the United States accounts for about 4 percent of the worlds population.  However, our prison population accounts for approximately 22% of the world's prison population.  These numbers do not add up. It is also important to point out that this seems to be a system that targets certain groups of people.

When do Pranks Become Crimes?

Pranks are supposed to be harmless jokes, but sometimes they go too far. Recently, 11-year old Tysen Benz of Marquette, Michigan committed suicide as a result of his 13-year old girlfriend pranking him by faking her suicide. A prosecutor is now pursuing criminal charges against a juvenile involved in the scheme, but authorities would not comment on the age or relationship of the minor with Tysen.

MIP Expungement Act

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal: Section 436.1703

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan: 

Give underage kids a second chance to get their lives back on track after receiving an MIP.

Human Trafficking Act

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

MCL 750.462

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

Domestic Violence Proposal

 

Gwyneth Labine

Cassidy Thomas

Henry Bauer

Lexi Mitchell

Trevor Provenzano

Briana Barrett

Crystal Poma

Mr. McDowell

Government

06 April 2017

Domestic Violence Proposal

Increasing Employment for those with Criminal Record

Mass incarceration, the stigma surrounding ex-prisoners and the barriers associated with criminal records all serve as major drivers of poverty in the US. Mass incarceration affects many, and their families and millions more end up with crminial records without serving time in jail. Due to our broken crmiinal justice system, problems arise for these individuals that effect the lives of themselves and their families long after they are released for jail and are left with a criminal record.

Lower Crime by Keeping Michigan's Youth in School/Creating Jobs for Youth

A recent study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that "about 14% of Michigan residents age 16 to 24 are neither working nor enrolled in school." That number is extremely concerning. Without school and/or a job, there is no doubt that many of these residents use this time in bad ways. After all, at the age of 16-24, if you don't any source of income and you're not receiving an education, there aren't many options you have in life. It's unquestionable that many of these residents are committing crimes either as a way to fill time or even as a way to survive. 

Youth sexual assault

This past week, a Washtenaw county 38 year old married teacher has been charged with multiple accounts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. After allegedly admitting to have sex with a 14 year old student up to 15 times, she is being charged for 13 counts. While sexual assault is a commonly ignored scenario, particularly when a female is the accuser I wonder what opportunities of justice are available for youth following such a hardship.

Closing Youth Prisons in Michigan Altogether?

Looking at reports that examine the effectiveness of youth prisons in Michigan, a report done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that children should not be kept behind bars and reccommends that they all be closed.

The foundation president and CEO, Patrick McCarthy, says these prisons have high recidivism rates and do not improve long-term outcomes for youth. Many youth are sent to prison for low-risk offenses and often don't get the guidance/support they need to get back on track. He calls them "Factories of Failure."

Fair Chance Ordinances

Mass incarceration in the United States has been an issue that has lingered having lasting effects leaving large amounts of individuals targeted, jobless, and homeless.  To put this in perspective, the United States accounts for about 4 percent of the worlds population.  However, our prison population accounts for approximately 22% of the world's prison population.  These numbers do not add up. It is also important to point out that this seems to be a system that targets certain groups of people.

When do Pranks Become Crimes?

Pranks are supposed to be harmless jokes, but sometimes they go too far. Recently, 11-year old Tysen Benz of Marquette, Michigan committed suicide as a result of his 13-year old girlfriend pranking him by faking her suicide. A prosecutor is now pursuing criminal charges against a juvenile involved in the scheme, but authorities would not comment on the age or relationship of the minor with Tysen.

Increasing Employment for those with Criminal Record

Mass incarceration, the stigma surrounding ex-prisoners and the barriers associated with criminal records all serve as major drivers of poverty in the US. Mass incarceration affects many, and their families and millions more end up with crminial records without serving time in jail. Due to our broken crmiinal justice system, problems arise for these individuals that effect the lives of themselves and their families long after they are released for jail and are left with a criminal record.

Lower Crime by Keeping Michigan's Youth in School/Creating Jobs for Youth

A recent study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that "about 14% of Michigan residents age 16 to 24 are neither working nor enrolled in school." That number is extremely concerning. Without school and/or a job, there is no doubt that many of these residents use this time in bad ways. After all, at the age of 16-24, if you don't any source of income and you're not receiving an education, there aren't many options you have in life. It's unquestionable that many of these residents are committing crimes either as a way to fill time or even as a way to survive. 

Youth sexual assault

This past week, a Washtenaw county 38 year old married teacher has been charged with multiple accounts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. After allegedly admitting to have sex with a 14 year old student up to 15 times, she is being charged for 13 counts. While sexual assault is a commonly ignored scenario, particularly when a female is the accuser I wonder what opportunities of justice are available for youth following such a hardship.

Hash Bash Efforts to Legalize Marijuana

This past weekend was highlighted by Hash Bash, a 40 year plus tradition, that sparks talks to legalize marijuana for the state of Michigan. Over 10,000 people around the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Community came out to the Diag to support their cause. The legalization of marijuana has always been a heated debate. "Efforts are underway to put the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan on the statewide ballot in 2018, and speakers ranging from local politicians to longtime cannabis activists lined up to voice support."

Your Private Browsing History Could Be For Sale

This past Tuesday congress passed a bill by a vote of 215-205 to allow YOUR private browsing history to be sold to big corporations and advertisers. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are in huge support of this bill because they know how profitable this could be for their business, for who knows what any company is willing to pay to figure out what you are searching online. National Securtiy has also been lobbying heavily for the bill for obvious reasons like preventing terrorism.

Grand Rapid's Youngest Convicted Killer Earns Expanded Freedom

Almost 7 years ago, Keishawn Mann, who was 13 at the time, pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his mother's boyfriend in 2010 by shooting him in the back of the head. Mann's friend testified that Mann said he was planning to kill his mother's boyfriend because he was abusing his mother. Recently, a Kent County judge approved for his home visits to increase from one 24 hour trip each month to two 48 hour trips each month. This order was made after progress updates from Mann's attorney, probation officer and an administrator at the Muskegon River Youth Home where he lives.

Capital Punishments

Capital punishments, also known as the death penalty, is the legally authorized killing of someone for a crime. Michigan was actually the first state to ban this punishment in 1846. It is also the only state that has never used this form of punishment. While the state of Michigan is has historically been against this form of punishment, it is actually legal in the majority of states. In fact, Michigan is only one of 18 states that has banned capital punishment.

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MIP Expungement Act

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal: Section 436.1703

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan: 

Give underage kids a second chance to get their lives back on track after receiving an MIP.

Human Trafficking Act

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

MCL 750.462

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

Domestic Violence Proposal

 

Gwyneth Labine

Cassidy Thomas

Henry Bauer

Lexi Mitchell

Trevor Provenzano

Briana Barrett

Crystal Poma

Mr. McDowell

Government

06 April 2017

Domestic Violence Proposal

Media Artifact for Human Trafficking

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How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Harley's proposal about crime rates in Detroit MI

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Lexi's Human Trafficking Artifact

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Michigan Gun Control

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Open Carry in Public Schools

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Human Trafficking in Michigan

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