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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Report Examines Behavioral Health Needs in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System

A new report by Illinois Models for Change outlines the challenges and makes recommendations to improve behavioral health services for youth in the state's juvenile justice facilities. Read More

Supreme Court Limits Life without Parole for Juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles may not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide because it violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Read More
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Reforming Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania

An innovative new approach to juvenile justice reform in Berks County, Pennsylvania, is helping to improve community safety while reducing the number of young people in secure detention and providing them an opportunity for a better ...

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Bryan Stevenson on Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 17, 2010, that juveniles may not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice ...

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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