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. 

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

Moving Video-Check it out:

Step Inside the Circle

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



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


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  

For families of the incarcerated:

Here is a listing of community support services during the Covid 19 emergency:

Support Services


BDAI Family and Volunteer Support Supper

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 5:30 pm

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  -Oasis Building at Faith Reformed Church 1139 East Front Street Enter the building from the West Side.

For questions contact Ruth Cilke, Coordinator @ 231-218-9020

BDAI Coaches Training

 September 9, 2021

BDAI will be holding a training for new Coaches to help individuals who have been recently released from jail, transition and be successful in the community. 

WHERE  -Keys to Freedom Ministry Center 1105 East Front Street 

To register contact Jill Zofia at