In the state of Michigan, youth offenders are held in a juvenile detention center. The state has two of them with different degrees of custody and serving different demographics.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is the government agency in charge of juvenile justice services and Michigan juvenile inmate records. It is not possible to search online to perform a Michigan juvenile detention center inmate search. Juvenile records are kept private until the inmate is 18. Then they can apply to the courts to have their juvenile records expunged.
The goal of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Juvenile Justice Division is to promote safety in the community through the following directives:
Michigan has two state-run juvenile detention facilities, and the list includes:
Bay Pines Center - a secure detention center serving both male and female inmates ages 12 to 20. They have a maximum capacity of 45 beds. They have an average stay period of 13 months. They work in small groups of 10 for treatment programs, education, and rehabilitation. Each inmate is provided with 30 hours per week of educational studies. Their approach is cognitive-behavioral therapy. They also build homes for Habitat for Humanity in the Escanaba community. This facility offers wilderness programs, degree programs, and recreational activities.
Shawono Center - is a high-security detention center which serves 40 male inmates between the ages of 12–21 who have committed severe felonies. This center focuses on sex offenders, addictions/substance abuse, general criminal, and delinquents. They use a specialized program called the True North Treatment, a cognitive-behavioral approach. This program includes a lot of family involvement. Along with education and rehabilitations, this facility also provides mental health services, medical treatment, and dental services.
More juvenile inmates in Michigan are black than any other race. Ninety-one percent of juvenile inmates are 18 or older. Only 3.3% are 17 years old, and 5.1% are between 10–16 years old. The two most common crimes that land a juvenile in detention are larceny and drug charges. After that, it’s non-violent assault, burglary, and then aggravated assault.