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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"The New Science of Adolescence"


"Second Chances for Teen Offenders"

The New York Times
Related Grantee: Juvenile Law Center

"Lethal Mix: Lawyers' Mistakes, Unforgiving Law"

The Washington Post
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A Nationwide Scorecard on Juvenile Records

According to a national scorecard released by Juvenile Law Center, most states are failing to protect sensitive information contained in juvenile court records, creating barriers to education, employment, and opportunities for many American youth.
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Youth Perspective on Being Tried as Adults

A report from the John Howard Association of Illinois explores how young people who have been tried, convicted and imprisoned as adults understand and perceive the process, and makes a number of recommendations for improving it.
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