Public Policy Associates has provided research, evaluation, and strategic consultation services to help clients shape policies to reduce crime and corrections costs, help parolees return successfully to society, and improve outcomes for youth entering the juvenile justice system.
Partnering with government agencies, foundations and non-profits, our project managers and researchers helped plan, implement and evaluate the State of Michigan's nationally recognized prisoner re-entry program.
PPA efforts have been led by Jeffrey D. Padden, who was the Michigan House Corrections Committee chair when he served in the Legislature, and by Dr. Paul Elam, a recognized leader in criminal justice and juvenile justice issues, including efforts to address Disproportionate Minority Contact with the justice system. The PPA team is on the cutting edge in tackling juvenile crime issues to offer opportunities and hope for at-risk youth, and monitoring detention facilities to ensure they are in compliance with state and federal law.
Here are selected projects involving criminal and juvenile justice.
The Dellums Commission was created by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute to analyze the impact of public policies on the well-being of young men of color. PPA provided strategic consultation to help the Commission to achieve its goals of recommending policies to improve the lives of a population facing high unemployment and over representation in the criminal justice system.read more »
PPA provided strategic consultation in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI), a statewide approach to enhancing public safety and preserving taxpayer dollars by helping prisoners succeed when they are released on parole. Michigan is the first state to create a comprehensive evidence-based reentry model based on best practices and research, and it is recognized by the Council of State Governments as a national model.read more »
The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice allocates federal funding for delinquency prevention and rehabilitation programs to protect the rights of juveniles in the justice system. PPA is working with the committee to help keep the State in compliance with federal requirements, provide data and oversight, and communicate the committee's work to the public.read more »