Criminal Justice Policy Initiative

The Criminal Justice Policy Initiative is dedicated to producing high quality research and timely analysis of criminal justice policy issues in Michigan. The Initiative examines the three major criminal justice institutions — law enforcement agencies, the court system, and the corrections department — to help stakeholders make sound decisions about public safety.

This work would not be possible without our generous donors. For information about the Mackinac Center and our benefits please visit our membership page.

Latest Articles

Why There’s a Revolving Prison Door

New research suggests that strict parole rules contribute to inflated prison populations … more

When Firefighters Aren’t Allowed to Fight Fires

Licensing rules prevent ex-convicts from contributing productively to society … more

Why We Might Not Want to Require Rescue

Proposal to reverse no-duty-to-rescue law needs a deeper examination … more

Criminal Justice Policy Commission Examines Raise-the-Age Proposals

Legislature wants to find out what raising the age limit for adult prosecution might cost … more

How Juvenile Justice Works in Michigan

A brief overview of legal proceedings involving youth … more

Arbitrary Licensing Requirements Should be Scrapped

Unemployment is a leading indicator for recidivism … more

‘Raise the Age’ Proposals Pending in Lansing

New legislation would stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults … more

Proposed Law Would Allow MDOC to Hire Felons

Bill opens another avenue to former offenders seeking employment … more