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The Unique Role of the Juvenile Defender

A white paper by the National Juvenile Defender Center asserts that while juvenile defenders are a critical protection against injustice, they face a unique set of challenges when working to engage a young client in the ... Read More
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Report Shows Continued Reduction in Youth Incarceration Nationwide

The report highlights the continued positive trend in the nine states leading the nation in reducing incarceration, and showcases a handful of states that have opened the door for future progress. Read More

"Getting Adults on Board for Alternatives to Locking Up Kids"

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MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth

Building on its nearly 20-year, $150 million investment in supporting juvenile justice reform, MacArthur announced an additional commitment of $15 million to the field, in part to establish the new Models for Change Resource Center Partnership. Read More
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National Juvenile Defense Standards Published

The National Juvenile Defender Center has published the National Juvenile Defense Standards, which provide a comprehensive summary of the role and complex duties of the juvenile defender in the 21st century juvenile court system. Read More
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MacArthur Announces 2012 Winners of Award for Creative and Effective Nonprofits

Their missions are diverse – from protecting ecosystems to defending children’s rights, from empowering girls to strengthening neighborhoods, from investigative reporting to eliminating abusive financial practices. Read More
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MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions: Past Recipients

Since 2006, MacArthur has recognized and awarded over 50 organizations for their innovative approaches to solving problems across the Foundation's programs. Read More

California Approves Juvenile Competence Law

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill, influenced by several MacArthur grantees, that establishes developmental immaturity as a factor in determining whether a juvenile is competent to participate in court proceedings. Read More

Florida Adopts New Procedures for Juveniles

The Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion amending the state’s juvenile procedures, making them consistent with the principles underlying the Foundation’s Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. Read More

Improving Legal Representation for Indigent Youth

The Models for Change Network adds four states, which will receive funding to strengthen and enhance juvenile indigent defense systems. Read More

New MacArthur Action Network to Address Legal Representation for Indigent Juveniles

MacArthur Foundation announced the creation of a new national action network. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Models for Change Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses how the Foundation's Models for Change initiative offers a smart, effective, enlightened approach to dealing with youthful offenders. Read More

Study Finds Overburdened Juvenile Justice System in Illinois, Brings Quick Action

Illinois juvenile defenders lack the time, support, and resources to represent effectively indigent children in court, according to a new report by MacArthur grantees the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law ... Read More

An Assessment of Access to Counsel & Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings

This report by the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University's Blum Legal Clinic and the National Juvenile Defender Center provides an overview of young people's access to counsel and the quality of ... Read More

"Towards a Juvenile Justice System that is Effective and Fair," Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the National Conference on Juvenile Justice and Adolescent Development

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton celebrates the success of the Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice and looks ahead to the Foundation's Models for Change initiative. Read More

MacArthur Awards $4.2 Million to Accelerate Juvenile Justice Reform

MacArthur announced six grants totaling nearly $4.2 million to help accelerate promising models for juvenile justice reform as part of its national Models for Change initiative. Read More

ENewsletter: Juvenile Justice Reform

Early this month the Supreme Court, in deciding Roper v. Simmons, put an end the to use of the death penalty for people who were under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes ... Read More