Flickr User Michael Coghlan /

Officials with the Michigan court system say a program celebrating its 10-year milestone is proving successful at keeping certain non-violent offenders out of the prison system. The so-called Specialty Courts  allow some people with  mental health....substance abuse problems...a chance to avoid prison time. Michigan Supreme Court Justice....Kurtis Wilder...says with the help of counselors...parole officers and other professionals...the alternative sentencing courts are finding high success rates for both juvenile and adult participants.

Flickr User Edgar Languren /

The risk of suicide is higher for refugees in this country. It’s higher still if you’re a refugee from Burma, the Southeast Asian country also known as Myanmar. The trauma of fleeing a country in conflict often turns into mental illness, even years later. But the Western concept of mental health doesn’t exist in Burmese culture, and words like “depression” don’t translate.

That means some Burmese refugees aren’t getting the care they need:

Flickr User The All-Nite Images /

The Michigan ACLU wants a suburban Detroit public school to get rid of its ban on political signs at student protests.

By Subconsci Productions ( [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons /

Some doctors in Michigan are concerned about unintended consequences to their profession if state lawmakers pass some sexual assault bills they’re considering.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that he will file a lawsuit against a company allegedly responsible for the break of two power lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac.