Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Restorative Justice

Promoting fairness, accountability, and public safety are critical criminal justice goals. Policies that encourage rehabilitation and healing are also needed. MCC supports:

  • Policies that respect crime victims, including provision of just compensation and treatment for their physical and emotional injuries.
  • Reforming current policy that automatically charges a seventeen-year-old as an adult in the criminal justice system, regardless of the crime.
  • Policies that incentivize intensive probation programming to reduce recidivism.
  • Adequate state funding to ensure accused indigent persons receive competent legal representation.
  • Comprehensive reentry services to assist the formerly incarcerated to become productive members of society.
  • Sentencing guidelines and parole practices that reflect an individual’s potential threat to society.
  • Elimination of life without parole sentencing for juveniles convicted as adults.

“Our tasks are to restore a sense of civility and responsibility to everyday life, and promote crime prevention and genuine rehabilitation.” — Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration, 2000

News Releases

  1. For Second Straight Year, MCC Presented with Three Top Awards for Excellence in Public Relations (04/22/19)
  2. Raise the Age Legislation Seeks a ‘Smart’ Approach to Juvenile Crime (12/01/15)
  3. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  4. Statement on Michigan Supreme Court Juvenile Life Without Parole Decision (07/08/14)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    2. Reflecting, Preparing, and Acting — Advent and Advocacy (12/21/18)
    3. The Issues, The Candidates, and Your Vote 2018 (09/28/18)
    4. Why Michigan Needs to Raise the Age (05/25/18)
    5. Promoting the Common Good—A Look Back (07/14/17)
  2. Reforming Juvenile Justice in Michigan (Focus Essay, 11/2015)
  3. Crime and Criminal Justice: Juvenile Life Without Parole (Focus Essay, 5/2014)
  4. Background on Confronting Armed Violence and Promoting Peace (USCCB, 2013)
  5. Defending the Poor (Focus Essay, 5/2009)
  6. When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women (U.S. Bishops, 2002)
  7. Michigan Campaign for Justice

MCC in the News

  1. Michigan Passes Raise the Age Criminal Justice Reform Plan (Detroit News, 04/24/19)
  2. For Second Straight Year, MCC Presented with Three Top Awards for Excellence in Public Relations (04/22/19)
  3. Opinion: Justice System Should Not Treat Kids as Adults (Detroit News, 07/23/18)
  4. Will Raise the Age Legislation Get Movement in Michigan (Public News Service, 06/06/18)
  5. Bills in Michigan Legislature Could Help Cap School-to-Prison Pipeline (Detroit Free Press, 03/12/16)
  6. Raise the Age Legislation Seeks a ‘Smart’ Approach to Juvenile Crime (12/01/15)
  7. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  8. Statement on Michigan Supreme Court Juvenile Life Without Parole Decision (07/08/14)
  9. Panel: Fix Michigan’s Public Defense System with Permanent Commission (MLive, 06/22/12)
  10. Statewide Public Defense System Needed in Michigan (Lansing State Journal, 03/19/09)

Advocacy

Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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