Juvenile Lifers

While attending my sister's convocation from UPenn this past year the speaker they brought in was a renowned lawyer who has been fighting for juvenile rights across the country especially for minorities. One shocking fact that he mentioned was that the state of Pennsylvania has the highest number of Juveniles being sentenced to life in prison. After doing some research I was shocked by what I found. It is still an ongoing battle to get this removed. 

Can Norway's Mental Health...

Can Norway's Mental Health Rehab Serve as an Example for Michigan https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/special-reports/2019/10/10/norway-prison-model-fixing-mental-illness-problems-michigan-prisons/1504226001/

West Michigan business leaders push for criminal justice reform

J.T Weis, along with other Democratic and Republican officals, is working towards passing legislation designed to send fewer young people to prison, as well as making it easier for inmates to "reintegrate into society." Formerly incarcerated inmates are often overlooked when it comes to the hiring process and I think it is an important issue that needs to be addressed.

Private Prison Re-Open

A private prison in Baldwin, MI could re-open this week. It was originally closed in 2017, but now it is expecting over 1800 inmates to arrive. About 260 workers will be hired hoping to boost Michigan's economy. What is different about this prison is that it is for non-citizen inmates. Many inmates are awaiting deportation or serving 90 days or less. Do you think this prison will help boost Michigan's economy? Do you think non-citizen inmates will be treated equally compared to citizen inmates? 

Michigan Officers Training...

Michigan Officers Training to Deal with Mental Illness Over the next five years, both police and corrections officers will be trained in how to properly interact with the mentally ill in order to ensure safety. This 40 hour curriculum has been brought to Wayne county, one of Michigan's biggest counties, is hoping that this will lead to statewide change. Do you think this training is a good idea? Will it make an actual impact? https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/09/28/mental-health-crisis-intervention-training-police-michigan/2427950001/

Michigan is one of four...

Michigan is one of four states that still treat 17-year-olds accused of crimes as adults, in all cases, no exceptions. https://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/will-michigan-catch-up-on-penal-reform-for-youth,13201? Do you believe there state should keep it this way. Why or why not should youth be treated as adults in the criminal system?

Juvenile Lifers

While attending my sister's convocation from UPenn this past year the speaker they brought in was a renowned lawyer who has been fighting for juvenile rights across the country especially for minorities. One shocking fact that he mentioned was that the state of Pennsylvania has the highest number of Juveniles being sentenced to life in prison. After doing some research I was shocked by what I found. It is still an ongoing battle to get this removed. 

Can Norway's Mental Health...

Can Norway's Mental Health Rehab Serve as an Example for Michigan https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/special-reports/2019/10/10/norway-prison-model-fixing-mental-illness-problems-michigan-prisons/1504226001/

West Michigan business leaders push for criminal justice reform

J.T Weis, along with other Democratic and Republican officals, is working towards passing legislation designed to send fewer young people to prison, as well as making it easier for inmates to "reintegrate into society." Formerly incarcerated inmates are often overlooked when it comes to the hiring process and I think it is an important issue that needs to be addressed.

Private Prison Re-Open

A private prison in Baldwin, MI could re-open this week. It was originally closed in 2017, but now it is expecting over 1800 inmates to arrive. About 260 workers will be hired hoping to boost Michigan's economy. What is different about this prison is that it is for non-citizen inmates. Many inmates are awaiting deportation or serving 90 days or less. Do you think this prison will help boost Michigan's economy? Do you think non-citizen inmates will be treated equally compared to citizen inmates? 

Michigan Officers Training...

Michigan Officers Training to Deal with Mental Illness Over the next five years, both police and corrections officers will be trained in how to properly interact with the mentally ill in order to ensure safety. This 40 hour curriculum has been brought to Wayne county, one of Michigan's biggest counties, is hoping that this will lead to statewide change. Do you think this training is a good idea? Will it make an actual impact? https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/09/28/mental-health-crisis-intervention-training-police-michigan/2427950001/

Michigan is one of four...

Michigan is one of four states that still treat 17-year-olds accused of crimes as adults, in all cases, no exceptions. https://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/will-michigan-catch-up-on-penal-reform-for-youth,13201? Do you believe there state should keep it this way. Why or why not should youth be treated as adults in the criminal system?

Juvenile Detention Center's Provided Education

As of 2015, a shocking 48,000 teens were incarcerated according to the Department of Justice. While "“As a rule of thumb, unless state law says otherwise, children who are locked up are entitled to the same level of services and support in education [as] kids who are not locked up,” he said. “Generally speaking, however, that’s just not the case.”" I could not find Michigan specific statistics or reports of what education is generally provided, however, if it follows the same patterns as this article describes, how can the program be remedied?

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