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Proposed Revisions to Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA)

Each and every time a young member of society finds himself or herself tangled in a crime, a multitude of complications come to the surface. The impact of a conviction is of major concern to both the teen and their family, as a criminal record creates many barriers to the individual’s ability to succeed further down the road. A criminal conviction can ultimately prevent someone from being able to obtain a good job, bar them from certain educational prospects, and exclude them from many financial opportunities. Therefore, it is paramount that we take drastic steps to prevent delinquency amongst the youths of Michigan. Fortunately, the state of Michigan is taking many steps to provide our youth with opportunities to prevent criminal behavior. Additionally, Michigan gives youths the opportunity of a second chance under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, otherwise known as HYTA or YTA status.


During a press conference held in Lansing on March 4, 2013, representatives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) and Michigan Big Brother Big Sisters (MBBBS) announced the formation of a of a new alliance aimed at serving Michigan’s at-risk youth. The two agencies’ entered a Memorandum of Agreement to support one another’s activities. The alliance is meant to promote collaboration between the MSP and MBBBS as a means of reducing delinquency, alcohol/drug/tobacco use, violence, and truancy. This new alliance will seek to increase the opportunity for littles to attend the Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy. Additionally, an effort will be made to increase the number of Michigan State Police mentors serving as Big’s in the Michigan Big Brother Big Sisters One-to- One Youth mentoring program.


The Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy (MSPYLA) is hosted by the Michigan State Police and provides teens with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and additionally build positive relationships with law enforcement officers. During a week- long stay at the MSP Training Academy located in Lansing, police officers strive to form a foundation of responsibility, respect and trust within the minds of youth participants.


The BBBS manages a nationally recognized program, the One-to One Youth mentoring program. In their alliance with the Michigan State Police, this program pairs a Michigan State police officer with an at risk youth member of that officer’s community. The goal of the program is not just to instill good values within the minds of at risk youth, but also to allow these youth to form good relationships with law enforcers from an early age. The one-to-one youth mentoring program has been proven to make participants 52 percent less likely to skip school, 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 33 percent less likely to hit someone, and 27 percent less likely to being using alcohol.


In a time when Michigan law enforcement is making big steps to preventing teenage delinquency, the state’s legislature is also contributing in their own way. On February 7, 2013, Representative Santana introduced House Bill No. 4206 to amend the 1927 public act 175 entitled “The code of criminal procedure,”. Also on the 7th, Michigan Senator’s Johnson and Colbeck introduced a similar bill to the Michigan Senate. The amendment seeks to change the age stipulations of the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. Currently, this state law allows a judge to place a youth between the ages of 17 and 20 who is alleged to have committed a crime and who has pleaded guilty to that crime to be placed in prison or on probation without a conviction to avoid a criminal record. If passed, representative Santana’s amendment to the Bill would extend the HYTA’s eligibility to youths between the ages of 17 and 25.


If you or a family member have been charged with a crime in Michigan and are seeking to avoid a criminal record under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, you need an honest and hard-working defense attorney. Contact The Leydorf Law Firm at any time by calling (517) 388-6800.



















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  1. March 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    On behalf of the criminal lawyers that I know, and the clients I have represented, I hope and pray that these amendments are passed. As for MSP teaming-up with BBBS, I am very pleasantly surprised that MSP is taking a pro-active, as opposed to “re-active” approach.

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