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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Helping Chicago Groups Strengthen Global Reach

MacArthur announced $240,000 in new grants to help diverse Chicago organizations increase their international connections with four countries. Read More
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Edward Glaeser on the Future of American Cities

In a roundtable interview with MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton, Harvard University's Edward Glaeser discusses the future of American cities.

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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
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Justice Bobbe Bridge on Juvenile Justice Reform in Washington State

The Hon. Bobbe J. Bridge, President & CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice in Seattle, discusses juvenile justice reform in Washington state. The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funds the Center as part of ...

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Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice

The United States’ juvenile justice system was founded a century ago with the enlightened goal of providing individualized treatment and services to children in trouble. In the 1990s, however, the boundaries between the juvenile and criminal ... Read More

MacArthur's Jonathan Fanton Calls for Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Reform

In a letter to the New York Times editors, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton argues that such reform must include the nation's mental health, child welfare, and education systems. Read More

Changing Course: A Review of the First Two Years of Drug Transfer Reform in Illinois

Prepared for the Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative by Elizabeth Kooy. The preparation of this document was supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. View the Models for Change website Read More

Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts Better for Children, Safer for Communities, According to Study

The 2005 repeal of a state law that once forced children accused of drug offenses into adult criminal courts has not compromised public safety and, instead, has provided hundreds of Illinois youth a greater opportunity to ... Read More
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Joseph Cocozza on Juvenile Justice

Joseph Cocozza, The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, on improving mental health services for youthful offenders. Watch

Staff

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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
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Soledad McGrath

Program Officer
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Mary McClanahan

Executive Secretary
Portrait of Stephen R. Stinson

Stephen R. Stinson

Program Administrator