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Our Work

Ensuring Children are Treated Safely and Fairly within Michigan’s Juvenile Justice System

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.

PPA is under contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop and implement the state’s strategy for maintaining compliance with the JJDPA’s core requirements.  Guidance and oversight of the state’s compliance monitoring efforts is provided by the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice.

The PPA Team:  PPA President Dr. Paul Elam is the project manager.  He is a leading expert on child welfare and juvenile justice.  Among his credentials, he was project manager for the Michigan Child Welfare Improvement Task Force and the Michigan Coalition for Race Equity in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice.  PPA researchers have provided juvenile justice compliance monitoring and technical assistance services for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services since 2007.  

Our Work:  PPA developed and maintains a process for statewide compliance monitoring, including on-site reviews and data collection from all of Michigan’s county jails, police lockups, and juvenile detention facilities.  PPA also provides technical assistance to personnel of county jails, police departments, and juvenile detention facilities to ensure compliance with core requirements of the JJDPA.  PPA compiles data reflecting Michigan’s compliance for annual federal reporting and provides frequent updates and support services to the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice regarding the compliance monitoring project.

The Results:  PPA’s compliance monitoring and technical assistance efforts have been instrumental in allowing Michigan to demonstrate compliance with the JJDPA’s core requirements for the past eight years.  As a result, the state has remained eligible to draw down the full allocation of federal funding to support juvenile justice oversight, prevention, and intervention activities in Michigan.

 Services Provided

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Monitoring
  • Needs assessment
  • Site visits
  • Technical assistance and coaching
  • Website management