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Criminal and Juvenile Justice

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. 

The work is led by Robb Burroughs.  Mr. Burroughs previously worked for the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency and played an important role in development and implementation of the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Inititiave.  PPA President Dr. Paul Elam, a recognized leader in criminal justice and juvenile justice issues, including efforts to address Disproportionate Minority Contact within 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.


  • Juvenile Justice Compliance Monitoring

    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

    The federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is designed to help state and local governments prevent and control juvenile delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. In doing so, the JJDPA establishes core requirements to protect juveniles, who come in contact with the justice system, from inappropriate placements and potentially harmful exposure to adult inmates.

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  • Disproportionate Minority Contact in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare

    Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice

    Across the country, minority children are overrepresented in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This puts these children at greater risk of dropping out of high school and being unemployed, homeless, or incarcerated as adults. In Michigan, the state has established a demonstration project in Saginaw County to address the problem and improve the lives of young people. The project is supported by grants from the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice.

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  • Treatment of Youth and Children in Saginaw County's Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

    Saginaw County serves as a pilot project site for the Michigan Coalition on Race Equity in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare. The project seeks to reduce disproportionate minority contact, which is the over-representation and disparate treatment of children and youth of color in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) was selected to provide project support.

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  • Michigan Coalition for Race Equity

    The State Court Administrative Office – Child Welfare Services received a grant from Casey Family Programs to develop a statewide race equity coalition to improve the lives of Michigan children and families by eliminating racial and ethnic disproportionality in the child welfare and juvenile justice system.

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  • Dellums Commission

    Client: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

    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.

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