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Initiatives

ARSON PILOT PROJECT

The Arson Pilot Project is funded by the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee via a $155,000 grant to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office to prosecute arson-for-profit criminals in Wayne County. These fires result when people burn or have someone else burn their residence or business to obtain insurance benefits.

Contact: (313) 224-8454; to report arson call 1-800-44-ARSON.

CHANGE FOR LIFE

The Change for Life Program recognizes that mental and emotional distress suffered by victims of gun violence can be as debilitating as the physical injuries, offers a wrap-around network of support services for survivors and their families.

CHANGE THE CULTURE

The Change the Culture initiative was created in 2005 by Prosecutor Kym Worthy in response to rampant violence that was affecting school aged children. Change the Culture outreach programs are designed to educate and prevent youth from becoming part of the cycle of violence that pervades our society.

Contact: (313) 224-5799

CITIZENS ACADEMY

The Citizens Academy is a free seven-week course taught by assistant prosecuting attorneys to demystify the criminal justice system and provide an inside look at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office. 

Contact: (313) 224-5780

COPPER AND SCRAP METAL THEFT INITIATIVE

The Wayne County Prosecutor has assigned a designated team to handle cases involving copper and scrap metal theft, which is a matter of Homeland Security. These thefts disrupt our ability to communicate and do business. 

Contact: (313) 224-5760

CRIMINAL JUSTICE TOUR

The tour is designed to introduce civic and student groups to the criminal justice system. 

Contact: (313) 224-5799

DRUG HOUSE PROGRAM "NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE"

When minor children are found in drug houses during the execution of search warrants, the custodial parent can potentially face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor if drugs are confiscated from the home.

FELONY NON-SUPPORT

This unit, dramatically expanded under Prosecutor Worthy’s leadership has recovered over $56 million in overdue child support. 

Contact: (313) 224-0465

INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Internship opportunities are available to second and third year law student who would like to work for school credit or volunteer for the experience. We also have a limited number of work-study internships.

Contact: (313) 224-5780

LEAD POISONING

In 2005, a new bill became law making it a criminal offense for landlords to rent properties containing known lead hazards to families with children. By enforcing this law we protect our most precious citizens – our children. 

Contact: (313) 224-7270

MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION

The “Behavioral Health/Expedited Plea” program, also commonly referred to as the “Mental Health Jail Diversion” program, seeks to identify and refer for treatment non-violent offenders who need help for mental illness, emotional disturbance or developmental disability.

Contact: (313) 224-2887

NUISANCE ABATEMENT (PADLOCKING OF BLIND PIGS/AFTER-HOURS ESTABLISHMENTS)

In an effort to improve the quality of neighborhoods in Wayne County, the Asset Forfeiture Unit prosecutes businesses and private landowners for participating in or operating illegal enterprises such as prostitution, drug sales, and illegal gambling. 

Contact: (313) 224-5831

PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAM

The goals of the Pre-Trial Diversion Program are to: ensure prompt disposition of low-level felony cases with minimal use of public resources; encourage early payment of restitution to crime victims, and distinguish between offenders who merit criminal sanctions and those who deserve a second chance.

Contact: (313) 224-5831

RIGHT TRAC

Right TRAC is a diversion program designed to identify "at-risk" youth charged with minor offenses that are motivated to Take Responsibility and Accept the Consequences of their delinquent conduct.

SAFE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE

The Safe Schools Initiative is a collaboration between the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Wayne County School District to ensure safe schools and academic excellence. This program was developed to reduce truancy, identify and prosecute non-compliant sex offenders, and prevent crimes that arise from bullying. There are currently 15 schools involved in the program. 

Contact: (313) 224-8811

TEEN COURT

The Teen Court Diversion Program is for first-time teen offenders of minor crimes who are willing to admit responsibility for their actions at the outset. Teen Courts currently operate in the Romulus and Wayne school districts.

Contact: (313) 833-3106

TEENAGE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Before Prosecutor Worthy took office, teenage victims (ages 13-15) of sexual assault were treated just like adult victims of sexual assault. This program specifically addresses sexual assault among teens to protect their rights and privacy.

Contact: (313) 833-3300

VEHICLE FORFEITURE PROGRAM (OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED)

Vehicles used by an owner during the commission of a drunk driving offense are seized for forfeiture and nuisance abatement proceedings. 

Contact: (313) 224-5831

VIOLENT VIDEO GAME PARENT AWARENESS

The Violent Video Game Parent Awareness Program has garnered national attention by educating consumers, particularly parents about the content of popular but violent videogames.

WALL OF FAME

The Wall of Fame is a Photo tribute of distinguished alumni of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office proudly displayed in the lobby of the 10th floor of the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.