Juvenile Justice

MacArthur supports juvenile justice reform in 35 states primarily through its Models for Change initiative, which aims to accelerate a national juvenile justice reform movement to improve the lives of young people in trouble with the law, while enhancing public safety and holding young offenders accountable for their actions. Read our strategy

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States Change Laws, Send Fewer Juveniles to Adult Court

From USA Today. The Campaign for Youth Justice is a MacArthur grantee. Read More

Juvenile Justice Changes in Illinois Praised

The Champaign for Youth Justice is a MacArthur grantee. Read More

Fewer Juveniles Sent to Adult Prison

States are changing a variety of laws to keep young offenders away from adult prison, according to a new report by the Campaign for Youth Justice. Read More

States Prosecute Fewer Teens in Adult Courts

The New York Times cites research by MacArthur grantee the Vera Institute for Justice and identifies an emerging consensus that youth offenders are often mishandled by adult court systems. Read More

Teenagers, Friends and Bad Decisions

This post describes a recent study by Laurence Steinberg that found teenage peer pressure has a distinct effect on brain signals involving risk and reward. Read More

Realigning Illinois Fiscal Priorities in Juvenile Justice

"Research shows that treating youth in the community is the best medicine for youth crime," writes Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, a grantee of MacArthur's Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Laurie R. Garduque

Laurie R. Garduque

Director, Justice Reform
Portrait of Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin

Program Officer
Portrait of Soledad McGrath

Soledad McGrath

Program Officer
Portrait of Mary McClanahan

Mary McClanahan

Executive Secretary
Portrait of Stephen R. Stinson

Stephen R. Stinson

Program Administrator