State Rep. Martin Howrylak is continuing his efforts to improve Michigan’s juvenile justice system, calling for the reopening of the W.J. Maxey Boys Training School.
Howrylak this week reintroduced legislation that would fund the facility’s reopening on its Livingston County campus. The facility closed in 2015, which Howrylak said is a detriment to the juvenile justice system in Michigan.
“A primary goal of the juvenile justice system should be helping young people get their lives back on track – so they don’t become repeat offenders as adults,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “Maxey was an integral part of the juvenile justice system and the mission of rehabilitating young offenders. Reopening the facility would be in Michigan’s best interests.”
Howrylak fought the closing of the facility and continues to seek its reopening with newly introduced House Bill 6415.
The Maxey facility housed offenders aged 12 to 21. The facility had on-site medical staff, including support for youth with mental health needs.
“Supporters of closing Maxey said it would save the state money, but that calculation did not include the full picture,” Howrylak said. “There’s a significant cost involved with moving young people to other facilities, including their treatment through private agencies. Maxey provided an efficient, effective way to provide treatment and rehabilitation within the juvenile justice system.”
House Bill 6415 was assigned to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.