Until 2000, Wayne County’s juvenile justice system was administered by the state. Throughout the 1990s, its juvenile justice system faced a number of problems, including overcrowding and rapidly rising costs: The state ward caseload reached 3,500 juveniles and costs increased 260 percent in less than a decade. Both the state and Wayne County realized these expenditures were unsustainable and the current system was not meeting its responsibility to help troubled kids and protect public safety. When the opportunity arose for Wayne County to take over control of the juvenile justice system, local leaders knew it would be better for all parties—the county, the state and the juveniles in the system—for the system to be county- administered. So, beginning in 2000, Wayne County took over administration of its juvenile justice system and today remains the only county in Michigan that is 100 percent responsible for a full continuum of juvenile justice services.