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.


Update from BDAI President-Tom Bousamra

 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. 

Listing of the bills that passed and were signed into law:,9309,7-387-90487-548712--,00.html


Savoring a Smart Justice Victory and Looking Ahead:

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

Moving Video-Check it out:

Step Inside the Circle


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

Check out the Governor's Task Force on Pre-Trial Incarceration HERE


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

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24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line



Information on the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority can be found here:    Mental Health Crisis Line  

For families of the incarcerated: here is a listing of community support services during the Covid 19 emergency:

Support Services

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BDAI  P.O. Box 11, Traverse City, MI  49685

Tom Bousamra -President 


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