Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency shared that for the fifth year in a row, Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Michigan Youth Justice Awareness Month. This year, the Governor’s proclamation coincides with House committee hearings on bipartisan legislation aimed at keeping youth out of the adult system and its correctional facilities.
October has served as Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM) since 2008. During this important time frame, people across the country organize events that raise awareness, strengthen coalitions, build campaigns, and encourage action to keep children out of the adult criminal justice system.
This year, the national YJAM campaign is calling for local communities to vote in local elections. Simply put, voting for youth justice matters!
Many of the key players in local courtrooms—district attorneys, sheriffs, and judges—are in elected positions. They have a major impact on youth justice. It’s paramount to know the policies and platforms each official supports. This year, YJAM will help raising awareness in Michigan about local government and how it directly impacts our daily lives—especially when it comes to policing and the public safety of our most vulnerable population, our children.
You can read Governor Snyder’s proclamation by clicking here.