Juvenile Justice involves youth under the age of 17 who are charged with a violation of a criminal law or ordinance. All Cases involving juvenile offenders are handled by the Michigan’s Family Courts.
The Bureau of Juvenile Justice is also housed at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and is the state agency responsible for providing appropriate placements and services for juvenile offenders referred to the state for supervision.
Vision: The Michigan Bureau of Juvenile Justice will focus on building safer Michigan communities and assisting youth to become healthy and productive citizens through proactive delinquency prevention, efficient law enforcement, effective rehabilitative treatment, statewide data collection and data sharing and comprehensive community reintegration and support services.
Mission: The mission of the Bureau of Juvenile Justice is to promote safe communities by:
- Providing comprehensive treatment and services for juvenile offenders through which they will develop competencies to assist in achieving independence and responsibility.
- Holding juvenile offenders accountable for their behavior and working towards repairing harm done to the victim and the community.
- Providing leadership within the juvenile justice community by promoting best practices and comprehensive treatment and services for juvenile offenders in Michigan.
- Providing targeted high-need communities with the necessary resources or information to create purposeful and collaborative juvenile delinquency prevention programs.
It is important to keep in mind that Juvenile Delinquency cases are not criminal. The philosophy of the Juvenile Justice System is rehabilitation and treatment for delinquent youth, not punishment. Find more information about navigating the Juvenile Justice System as a family.