The number of juveniles arrested each year in Michigan has been dropping steadily over the past decade.  In 2009, law enforcement agencies in the state reported 22,222 arrests of juveniles.  In 2018, the number had dropped to 8,765.  Yet, racial and ethnic disparities persist among the juveniles arrested.  This issue brief presents data trends in the juvenile justice system in Michigan, implications to protect public safety, and suggested practices and policies.  To learn more, see the new PPA Issue Brief.

The data trends presented in this report are a part of PPA’s work with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Public Health Institute.  PPA collects and analyzes data to help the state and other stakeholders identify and address racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system.

To learn more about Michigan’s juvenile crime trends or PPA’s work in criminal justice, contact Robb Burroughs at or 517-485-4477.