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

Restorative Justice

The people of Michigan deserve a justice system that prevents crime, reduces the violence that plagues too many communities, and cares for those who have been victimized. Offenders should be punished, but with the goal of returning them to the community as rehabilitated and productive members of society. The common good suffers when security, fairness, and a true sense of correction are replaced by fear and vengeance. To promote restorative justice, MCC supports:

  • Policies that provide just compensation to crime victims, and treatment for their physical and emotional injuries,
  • Policies that incentivize intensive probation programming to reduce recidivism,
  • Adequate state funding to ensure accused indigent persons receive competent legal representation,
  • Comprehensive 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, and
  • 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. Raise the Age Legislation Seeks a ‘Smart’ Approach to Juvenile Crime (12/01/15)
  2. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  3. 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. Opinion: Justice System Should Not Treat Kids as Adults (Detroit News, 07/23/18)
  2. Will Raise the Age Legislation Get Movement in Michigan (Public News Service, 06/06/18)
  3. Bills in Michigan Legislature Could Help Cap School-to-Prison Pipeline (Detroit Free Press, 03/12/16)
  4. Raise the Age Legislation Seeks a ‘Smart’ Approach to Juvenile Crime (12/01/15)
  5. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  6. Statement on Michigan Supreme Court Juvenile Life Without Parole Decision (07/08/14)
  7. Panel: Fix Michigan’s Public Defense System with Permanent Commission (MLive, 06/22/12)
  8. Statewide Public Defense System Needed in Michigan (Lansing State Journal, 03/19/09)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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