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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.


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

Help Others


BDAI offers a Coaching Program to help those who are recently released from jail to find the resources they need to successfully reintegrate into the community. 

Interested in being a coach or know someone recently released from jail who could use a coach?


Contact Tom Bousamra 

Everyone Deserves the Best Care

Do you have a concern with a Mental Health provider?

Do you need to file a complaint? Get more information here

It is with sadness that we share the passing of BDAI Board Member, Nancy Bryant. Nancy touched the lives of many and was a tireless worker for the needs of the incarcerated, those in recovery and their families. She will be deeply missed!



Distressed or In Crisis?

Life-Threatening Emergencies:

Call 911


National Suicide/Mental Health Crisis Lifeline:

Call 988 

24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line

1-833-295-0616  TTY 711 

Local 24/7 Mobile Crisis Services

​National Crisis Text Line:

Text HOME to 741741 24/7 crisis counseling

MI Mental Health Warmline:


Crisis Welcoming Center

Walk ins Welcome

105  Hall St, Traverse City

Open 24 Hours 7 days

We are here to help

NAMI-Grand Traverse

(National Alliance on Mental Illness) 


(Before During & After Incarceration)


Upcoming Event:

Join BDAI for the movie, Eli: the Prison Dog

When: September 19 at 6PM

Where: The Alluvian 414 E Eighth St, Traverse City


Eli: the Prison Dog is the moving story of three inmates at a Michigan Correctional Facility, that train an energetic lab puppy for the Leader Dog for the Blind Program. The film explores the humanity that can be brought out in all of us through our connection with animals. It is a story of growth, and friendship, that evolves through their connection with Eli, a lovable but challenging young dog. The director will be joining us remotely to tell us about the film and answer questions.


Before, During, and After, Incarceration will also be at the event to share our programs and discuss what can be done to help the incarcerated and their families. Donations will gladly be accepted.

 MI Expungement Laws

New legislation has made it possible for certain crimes to be expunged from a person's record. 

What does the new “Clean Slate” law do?

The new law expands eligibility to petition for an expungement in several ways, and creates a new process that will automatically seal certain non-violent conviction records if a person has remained conviction-free for a period of time (seven years for misdemeanors; 10 years for felonies. Automatic expungement will start on April 2023. More information on expungement and what qualifies can be found here

 MI Justice Reform Signed into Law

Fair Chance Housing


Over 2 million people in Michigan have a criminal record and, as a result, face barriers to employment, food, and shelter. Nearly 45,000 laws and statutes face people returning home from prison that exclude them from access to basic life necessities. 

In fact, recent research has shown that formerly incarcerated people are 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population. In other research, 79 percent of the study’s participants were denied housing based on their own or a family
member’s conviction history. The “Fair Chance Housing” ordinance seeks to expand housing opportunities for people with records who have served their time and are seeking to provide for themselves and their families. (Nation Outside 2023)

Contact: Bonnie Zabel Traverse City Regional Coordinator Phone: 231.715.1733

Moving Video-Check it out:

Step Inside the Circle

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BDAI Family and Volunteer Support Dinner

Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 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: St Francis Church Fellowship Hall

1025 S. Union St.
Traverse City, MI 49686

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