Reduce overreliance on incarceration of young people in the Great Lakes region.
BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM’S RESPONSE TO YOUNG GUN OFFENDERS
We support research and data collection on the criminal justice system’s response to gun violence and the impact on young offenders in the Great Lakes region.
ADVANCE STATE POLICIES TO REDUCE OVERRELIANCE ON INCARCERATION FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS
Funded projects could include development of a regional agenda for policy reforms in the Great Lakes states, development of individual state policies, and advocacy.
PILOT AND EVALUATE PROMISING MODELS FOR REDUCING INCARCERATION OF YOUNG, NONVIOLENT GUN OFFENDERS
We will fund projects to launch and/or evaluate city and county pilot initiatives in the Great Lakes region aimed at reducing incarceration of young, nonviolent gun offenders and reducing gun violence.
For many years, “tough on crime” approaches have contributed to over-incarceration of communities of color, with little evidence they improve public safety. In fact, justice system involvement for young people is a risk factor for future violence. Changing policies and systems to limit justice system involvement for young people will reduce incarceration, minimize the risk of future violence, improve outcomes for young offenders, and improve community safety by focusing scarce law enforcement resources on violent offenders and those who supply them with guns.