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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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

Report Finds No Benefit to Sending Juvenile Offenders to Expensive Institutional Placements

As many states face budget shortfalls, a new report on youth convicted of serious offenses finds that stays in expensive institutional placements produced no measurable results. Read More

Research Network Findings on Juveniles Cited in Supreme Court Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases from Florida that ask whether sentencing juveniles to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole violates the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Read More

The Young & the Reckless

The Supreme Court should ban life sentences for juvenile offenders, according to Laurence Steinberg, Director of the MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice, and network member Elizabeth Scott. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Julia M. Stasch

Julia M. Stasch

Interim President
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