Paul Elam

Paul Elam is chief strategy officer at the Michigan Public Health Institute

Articles

Opinion | Police reform and accountability are long overdue

Opinion | Police reform and accountability are long overdue

October 14, 2020 | Paul Elam

Politicians in Michigan and across the country promise action. But as another election approaches, action is illusory.

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.