Prosecutor Kym Worthy aims to better the criminal justice system by preventing and rectifying wrongful convictions. In 2018, Kym launched the first Conviction Integrity Unit in the state of Michigan. This unit investigates credible claims of innocence to determine if a defendant truly did commit the crime and takes steps to remedy wrongful convictions.
In 2009, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office discovered 11,341 sexual assault kits in a Detroit Police Department property storage facility. The kits, which were collected between 1984 and 2009, were never submitted for DNA testing. Thanks to the diligent and dedicated work of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, the backlog of kits has now been cleared. Kym is dedicated to ensuring that every case is investigated and that a victim-centered approach to sexual assault investigations is implemented at a state and national level.
More than 73,000 older adults in Michigan are victims of elder abuse. That’s why Kym created the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Elder Abuse Unit to help protect one of our state’s most vulnerable populations. This unit prosecutes crimes targeting elderly or vulnerable persons, crimes in nursing homes, or adult foster care facilities.
Kym helped launch the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a collaboration between Fair Michigan and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office that advocates on behalf of the LGBTQ community and vertically prosecutes felony cases involving LGBTQ victims of crimes. This project is the first of its kind in the nation and advances LGBTQ safety and criminal justice in Metro Detroit.
Kym has implemented and advanced many programs aimed at preventing youth from becoming a part of the cycle of crime and violence, such as the Change the Culture initiative, Right TRAC, and the Teen Court Diversion Program.
Kym is committed to being smart on crime and not blindly, “tough on crime.” In order to help prevent the cycle of criminal activity, Kym heads multiple diversion programs and specialty courts for rehabilitation for nonviolent offenders.
Kym has been a lifelong advocate of treating individuals who suffer from mental illness rather than incarcerating them. The Prosecutor’s Office has developed mental health diversion programs and supports jail mental health treatment release initiatives for misdemeanor offenders.
Committed to reducing gun violence in Wayne County, Kym has been a part of multiple gun violence prevention and support programs, such as the Change the Culture initiative and the Change for Life program.
Kym is proud to bring accessibility and transparency to her office and the justice system, and has held town halls and meetings with all forty-three of Wayne County’s communities. She also created the Citizens Academy and criminal justice tour programs to provide an inside look at her office and help demystify the criminal justice system.
Kym believes that “service is the rent we pay for living” and is active in the United Way, the Joyful Heart Foundation, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, the Lead Poisoning Task Force of Michigan, the Optimist Club, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She also created the Alexandra Simone Fund for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Henry Ford Hospital in memory of her deceased daughter.