Paul Elam

Paul Elam is president of Public Policy Associates, Inc. in Lansing. 

Articles

Michigan youth in the juvenile justice system don’t have the luxury of time

Michigan youth in the juvenile justice system don’t have the luxury of time

February 13, 2018 | Paul Elam

Despite reforms, the state’s juvenile justice system remains inconsistent in how juveniles are punished and without a way to track the system’s performance statewide.

A 17-year-old is not an adult, and shouldn’t be treated as such. Even felons.

A 17-year-old is not an adult, and shouldn’t be treated as such. Even felons.

May 19, 2017 | Paul Elam, Francisco A. Villarruel

After years of pushing juveniles into adult court, the trend has shifted, and is paying off in less recidivism, lower costs and fewer lives squandered.