Juvenile Justice

MacArthur supports juvenile justice reform in 40 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 and the current status of our work

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Kentucky Rules that Death Sentences for People Under 21 Are Unconstitutional

A Kentucky circuit court judge ruled that death sentences for 18-, 19-, or 20-year-olds are cruel and unusual punishment. Read More
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How to Keep Kids Who Misbehave Out of the Justice System

A report takes a close look at "status offenses," behaviors that are only illegal because of a person's status as a minor, such as truancy, running away, or violating curfew. Read More
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North Carolina ‘Raises the Age’

North Carolina is the final U.S. state to raise the age of teens who will be tried in juvenile court. Read More
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Evaluations of the Models for Change Initiative and the National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems

This evaluation reveals insight on two initiatives that influenced juvenile justice policies and outcomes for youth and public safety throughout the country. Read More
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Juvenile Justice Reform Takes Hold in New York

New York State has approved juvenile justice reforms that will keep thousands of teenagers out of adult courts and adult correctional facilities. Read More
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Illinois Bans Indiscriminate Shackling of Juveniles in Court

Juvenile justice advocates argue that the use of ankle, wrist, and other restraints in courtrooms deprives young people of a fair trial by creating bias, while traumatizing them and their families. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Laurie R. Garduque

Laurie R. Garduque

Director, Criminal Justice
Portrait of Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin

Senior Program Officer
Portrait of Soledad McGrath

Soledad McGrath

Program Officer, Criminal Justice
Portrait of Mary McClanahan Thiel

Mary McClanahan Thiel

Team Coordinator
Portrait of Gabriela Suarez

Gabriela Suarez

Senior Grants Manager

Media Contact

Portrait of Meredith Klein

Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

Portrait of Maurice Samuels

Maurice Samuels

Program Officer