National Juvenile Defender Center was awarded $10,275,870 between 2005 and 2017, including 10 grants in Juvenile Justice and MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

$50,000

2017 • 2 months

The National Juvenile Defender Center’s (the Center) mission is to ensure excellence in juvenile defense and promote justice for all children. This award enables the Center to enhance a 2-day program commemorating the 50th Anniversary of In re Gault, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing a child’s constitutional right to counsel. This award supports the Center’s efforts to: (1) organize and convene a panel featuring the role of the Department of Justice in safeguarding access to justice for youth; and (2) complete a 50-state snapshot on access to counsel and implement a communications effort to share this resource more broadly.

$500,000

2014 • 2 years • Juvenile Justice

The National Juvenile Defender Center’s mission is to ensure excellence in juvenile defense and promote justice for all children. The Center has participated in Models for Change since its inception, taking the lead in helping states build and strengthen the capacity of the juvenile defense bar. As an anchor institution of the Models for Change Resource Center Partnership, the Center has encouraged national replication and adaptation of innovations in juvenile defense policy and practice. The Center will use this grant to secure a sustainable forum for key policymakers and practitioners to learn about innovative policies and practices.

$1,000,000

2012 • 2 years • Juvenile Justice

The National Juvenile Defender Center’s mission is to ensure excellence in juvenile defense and promote justice for all children. The Center has participated in Models for Change since its inception, coordinating the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network and taking the lead in assisting states build and strengthen the capacity of the juvenile defense bar. The Center will use this grant to support the replication and adaptation of Models for Change innovations in juvenile defense policy and practice on a national basis.

$750,000

2011 • 4 years • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

The National Juvenile Defender Center’s (the Center) mission is to ensure excellence in juvenile defense and promote justice for all children. It is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to improving access to counsel and the quality of representation for children in the justice system. The Center works with individual front-line juvenile defenders and offices, and a national network of regional defender centers, providing them with the tools, support, and skills needed to improve juvenile defense policy and practice. The grant will help secure the Center’s leadership role in juvenile justice reform, enabling it to (1) establish an operating reserve; (2) improve its technology infrastructure and enhance its communications; and (3) strengthen operations.

$100,000

2010 • 1 year • Juvenile Justice

To develop resource materials to assist and guide Models for Change states in planning and implementing diversion programs in the juvenile justice system.

$1,425,000

2009 • 3 years • Juvenile Justice

To provide training and technical assistance to state and local juvenile justice professionals and agencies in Models for Change states and to launch the Models for Change Juvenile Court Curriculum nationwide (over three years).

$3,260,000

2009 • 2 years • Juvenile Justice

To administer and manage the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (over two years).

$1,640,000

2007 • 3 years • Juvenile Justice

To administer and manage the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (over three years).

$1,275,000

2006 • 3 years • Juvenile Justice

In support of activities to provide professional development and training to juvenile court personnel in adolescent development and enhance the capacity of juvenile defense counsel in the Models for Change states (over three years).

$275,870

2005 • 1 year, 1 month • Juvenile Justice

To disseminate and implement a training curriculum on adolescent development and juvenile justice for juvenile court personnel, including efforts in targeted states (over three years).

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