Improving Outcomes for Youth (IOYouth) works with state and local jurisdictions to align their policies, practices, and resource allocation with what research shows works to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth while enhancing public safety.

Michigan launched an IOYouth initiative in 2021 to develop data-driven recommendations to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. Michigan has one of the highest rates of detained youth in the country, especially for low-level, noncriminal behavior. CSG Justice Center staff will perform a comprehensive examination of the state’s juvenile justice system. This will involve data analysis as well as focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders, including youth and families most impacted by the system. The effort will be conducted under the direction of the bipartisan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform.