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

What's New

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Juvenile Justice Reform Trends Across the U.S.

In recent years, U.S. juvenile justice legislation has significantly shifted in favor of broad system reforms that reflect the latest adolescent development research distinguishing juveniles from adults. Read More
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The Transformation of Juvenile Sentencing

A report reviews the broad implications of Miller v. Alabama, in which the Supreme Court held that mandatory sentences of life without parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. Read More

"Uncertainty Awaits on the Outside"

The Dallas Morning News
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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Laurie R. Garduque

Director, Justice Reform
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Patrick Griffin

Program Officer
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Soledad McGrath

Program Officer
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Mary McClanahan

Executive Secretary
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Stephen R. Stinson

Program Administrator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Communications Officer