Before, During and After Incarceration


BDAI advocates for the incarcerated by providing restorative programming, family support, and community education about alternatives to incarceration while engaging local and statewide stakeholders to improve the criminal justice system.


BDAI Presentation-League of Woman Voters 

Can be viewed on the Traverse Area Community Media Facebook pageLWVGTA Facebook page, on Zoom at or on Community TV Channel 189. Questions can be asked on Zoom, or in the Facebook comments. For those that are unable to tune into the live event, a recording will be available at the TACM website.

 MI Justice Reform Signed into Law

The Smart Justice campaign with the help of coalition partners and volunteers made 2020 a landmark year for pretrial reform. 

Michigan Pretrial Reform

Volunteer Chaplain at Grand Traverse County Jail Presented Award for Work With Inmates

Congratulations to Tom Bousamra-BDAI president and volunteer Catholic chaplain at the Grand Traverse County Jail who was awarded the 2020 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award for his service over many years to the incarcerated and their families!

View the News Coverage on the Award

Tom's Acceptance Speech



Thank you to all who attended the showing of the movie,

Just Mercy  and discussion at the State Theater. There were over 150 in attendance.













BDAI sends our gratitude to all our friends and volunteers in attendance at our October 3, 2019, presentation in Traverse City-

Incarceration-Injustice Vs. Justice Punishment or Restoration

View Video here
Traverse City Record Eagle Article on Event

Moving Video-Check it out:

Step Inside the Circle


Please consider making a donation to BDAI


BDAI Inc. is a 501c3 charitable organization and your donation will help the incarcerated and their families.  

Check out BDAI's Fund Appeal letter to see all of the ways we are helping the incarcerated through your generous support!

Fund Appeal Letter





24-Hour Mental Health

Crisis Line


   Mental Health Crisis Line  

Families of the incarcerated: Community support services during Covid 19


 Support Services


BDAI Family and Volunteer Support Supper

Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 5:30 pm

Picnic in the Park

WHO – We welcome individuals and their families who have been affected previously or are currently impacted by incarceration & BDAI Volunteers.

WHAT – A meal will be provided in a relaxing gathering. A short presentation may occur to update attendees regarding BDAI’s activities.

Childcare and activities provided.

WHERE  -Medalie Park 1910 S.Airport Road
Traverse City, MI 49686