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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Evaluation of the Models for Change Initiative

The Models for Change initiative aimed at promoting fairer, more effective, and more developmentally appropriate juvenile justice systems throughout the United States.
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Understanding Adolescent Development, Reforming Juvenile Justice

Dr. Laurence Steinberg provides insight on the work completed by the Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.

"Less Than Life"

Injustice Watch
Related Grantee: Juvenile Law Center

"Why We Should Lower the Voting Age to 16"

The New York Times
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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.
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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.
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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.

Staff

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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Laurie R. Garduque

Director, Criminal Justice
Portrait of Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin

Senior Program Officer, Criminal Justice
Portrait of Mary McClanahan Thiel

Mary McClanahan Thiel

Team Coordinator
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Gabriela Suarez

Senior Grants Manager

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer
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