A poll commissioned by the Center for Children's Law and Policy as part of MacArthur's Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative, reveals strong support for juvenile justice reforms that focus on rehabilitating youthful offenders rather than locking them up in adult prisons. It shows that the public also believes that African American and poor youth receive less favorable treatment than those who are white or middle class. Download a summary of the poll.

The national poll included oversampling in the four Models for Change focus states of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Louisana, and Washington to determine attitudes by the public there.

Download summay of results in Illinois

Download summary of results in Louisiana

Download summary of results in Pennsylvania

Download summary of results in Washington

Juvenile Justice, Justice, Youth