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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Study Finds Overburdened Juvenile Justice System in Illinois, Brings Quick Action

Illinois juvenile defenders lack the time, support, and resources to represent effectively indigent children in court, according to a new report by MacArthur grantees the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law ... Read More

Illinois Bill Limits Long-Term Access to Information on Juvenile Sex Offenders

MacArthur grantee the Juvenile Justice Initiative helped forge an alliance between Illinois prosecutors and public defenders to pass a bill – over the objections of Governor Rod Blagojevich – that limits long-term access to information about juvenile sex ... Read More

An Assessment of Access to Counsel & Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings

This report by the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University's Blum Legal Clinic and the National Juvenile Defender Center provides an overview of young people's access to counsel and the quality of ... Read More

Drop in Number of Illinois Youth Sent to Prison

Chicago’s Cook County juvenile court sent nearly 400 fewer youths to state prisons between 1997 and 2004 because they were referred instead to community-based support services, according to a new report by the Annie E ... Read More

Better Models for Juvenile Justice

Governors Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco of Louisiana, Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, and Chris Gregoire of Washington discuss the success of juvenile justice system reform in their states in the context of ... Read More

Better Models for Juvenile Justice

The governors of four states examine the progress, challenges, and promising developments in the effort to reform juvenile justice. Read More
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Shay Bilchik on reforming the juvenile justice system

Supported through the MacArthur Foundation's initiative to help reform the juvenile justice system, Shay Bilchik of the Child Welfare League of America discusses the need for reforms.

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Diane Geraghty on reforming the juvenile justice system

Supported through the MacArthur Foundation's initiative to help reform the juvenile justice system, Diane Geraghty discusses the challenges facing Illinois. Learn more about the Models for Change Initiative.

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Debra DePrato on reforming the juvenile justice system

Supported through the MacArthur Foundation's initiative to help reform the juvenile justice system, Debra DePrato discusses the challenges in Louisiana. Learn more about the Models for Change Initiative.

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New Guidelines Mandated to Ensure Balanced Juvenile Justice System in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare issued new guidelines to counties last month directing them to conduct self-assessments based on policy statements and tools developed under MacArthur’s Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. The ... 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
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Mary McClanahan

Executive Secretary
Portrait of Stephen R. Stinson

Stephen R. Stinson

Program Administrator