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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Report Stresses Assistance Over Prosecution for “Status Offending” Youth

A report from the Vera Institute of Justice stresses that responding to “status offenses” in court can lead to deeper juvenile justice system involvement, including detention or placement in a residential facility – outcomes that are out ...

"Bryan Stevenson"

The Colbert Report
Bryan Stevenson , 1995 MacArthur Fellow
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Evaluating Virginia’s Justice System

A policy brief from the Justice Policy Institute asserts that the state of Virginia will face an escalating crisis if it does not take steps to reassess and change its approach to crime and imprisonment.

"Kids for Cash: Film Review"

The Hollywood Reporter

"Report Blasts Virginia’s Justice System"

The Roanoke Times


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, Criminal Justice
Portrait of Mary McClanahan Thiel

Mary McClanahan Thiel

Team Coordinator
Portrait of Gabriela Suarez

Gabriela Suarez

Senior Grants Manager

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer