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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"OP-ED: Improving the Court’s Response to Status Offenders"

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
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Assessing Attitudes of Law Enforcement on Juvenile Justice

A survey of nearly 1,000 law enforcement leaders reveals a large gap between the role the law enforcement community believes it should have in the juvenile justice system and the role it actually plays.
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Juvenile Justice Reform In Massachusetts, Washington

Massachusetts passed a bill to raise the age at which youth are tried as juveniles from 16 to 17.

"A Court for Juveniles in N.Y."

The New York Times

"End of Mandatory Life Sentences"

The New York Times

"OP-ED: Celebrating the ‘My Kid Test’ and Patience in Chicago"

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange


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