Juvenile Crime Analysis Report
Group: Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, Public Policy Associates
This report specifically focuses on juvenile arrests throughout the state of Michigan during the 2005 calendar year (UCR data from 2006 was not included in this report because it did not become available to PPA until January 2008). While criminal or delinquent behaviors are reported, there is additional examination of juvenile arrests across Michigan. This combination of reported arrests enables a more thorough examination of these behaviors and the official responses to them. It is anticipated that this report will be used by the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ) and the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) Bureau of Juvenile Justice (BJJ) to inform policy decisions and will impact intervention decisions within targeted Michigan communities in reference to reported criminal or delinquent behaviors and Of the counties with the largest numbers of juvenile arrests in 2005, Wayne, Kent, Macomb, Genesee, and Washtenaw reported increases in arrest rates over the five-year period, while Oakland, Ottawa, Kalamazoo, Ingham, and Berrien reported decreases. MI’s Statewide Juvenile Arrest Analysis Report Page 1-2 Michigan DHS/BJJ March 2008 arrests as comparisons are made between geographical locations and arrest patterns. Data for this study are primarily derived from the Uniform Crime Report (UCR), U.S. Census Bureau (Census), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This juvenile arrest analysis is the beginning of a three-year process that will lead to a more in-depth juvenile crime analysis. Future reports may include the examination of sociodemographic information, community assessment findings, victim-witness statements, multiyear trend analyses, and analyses of county-level prosecutorial data obtained from prosecutors’ offices across the state of Michigan. Notwithstanding, the focus of this comprehensive review of arrests will limit itself to information compiled from Michigan State Police (MSP) arrest data drawn exclusively from the UCR. While this report is supported through funding efforts of the OJJDP, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), BJJ, and DHS; opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors in consultation with Public Policy Associates, Incorporated (PPA) of Lansing, Michigan and not those of OJJDP, OJP, BJJ, or DHS.
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