Grantee Profile

Juvenile Law Center

Grants to Juvenile Law Center

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 11 months)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — The Juvenile Law Center (the Center) is one of the oldest public interest law firms devoted to children in the United States. For over a decade, the Center has been one of the leading advocates on challenges to the adult sentencing of juveniles, coordinating amicus briefs, serving as co-counsel in appellate cases, testifying before state legislatures, and most recently acting as co-counsel in Montgomery v. Louisiana, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 landmark case holding Miller v. Jackson (eliminating mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences) retroactive. While there is a clear presumption in Montgomery against juvenile life without parole sentences, state courts have not consistently followed the Supreme Court’s directives. To avoid the challenges of conflicting decisions and rulings in new sentencing hearings to be held across the country, a national funders collaborative is supporting a coordinated set of activities – including legal research and analysis, policy and legal advocacy, and strategic communications - to ensure effective and consistent legal representation. To complement and strengthen the effort to ensure appropriate implementation of Montgomery, this grant enables the Center to create and disseminate a national multi-day training curricula for counsel representing individuals in re-sentencing hearings, with a particular emphasis on adolescent development and modeled on death penalty mitigation sentencing programs.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — The Juvenile Law Center is a public interest law firm that has served as the lead entity for Models for Change in Pennsylvania since the initiative was launched in 2004. The Center will use this grant to complete the work of sustaining and documenting the progress achieved in Pennsylvania; and to take part in the broader effort to export Models for Change resources and practice models to new jurisdictions.

  • $357,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — The Juvenile Law Center is one of the nation’s oldest public interest law firms devoted to children. For more than 35 years, it has worked to protect the rights of youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems through litigation, public advocacy, and coalition and consensus building. It has served as the lead entity for Models for Change in Pennsylvania since the initiative was launched in 2004. It will use this grant to ensure that progress made under the initiative is sustained and to document its results.

  • $350,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — In support of activities as lead entity in Pennsylvania Models for Change.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — To support training and technical assistance to Models for Change states working to improve information sharing across child- and family-serving agencies.

  • $840,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — In support of activities as the lead entity for the Pennsylvania Models for Change initiative (over two years).

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — In support of general operations.

  • $248,500Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — In support of a project on information sharing to support the Models for Change initiative.

  • $1,025,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — In support of activities as the lead entity for the Models for Change initiative in Pennsylvania (over three years).

  • $270,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — In support of technical assistance to three pilot counties in Pennsylvania to plan and implement comprehensive model approaches to aftercare (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Juvenile Law Center $4,490,500 between 1978 and 2016.

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