Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency shared that for the fourth year in a row, Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Michigan Youth Justice Awareness Month. This year, the Governor’s proclamation coincides with the introduction of bipartisan legislation aimed at keeping 17-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system, and all youth out of adult 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 focusing on the arts and the infinite variety of creative ways artistic expression can inspire action. Sign up now to get involved and see how you can use your own creativity to reform youth justice.
To promote Youth Justice Awareness Month in Michigan, Raise the Age campaign partners will host several youth justice-related events (listed below), and will hand-deliver flyers to the offices of every state legislators. The flyers include facts about youth in Michigan’s adult system, personal stories of former youth who experienced the harmful consequences of being convicted as adults, and a request to support the youth justice reforms bill package.
You can read Governor Snyder’s proclamation by clicking here.