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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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.
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Juvenile Justice Reform Takes Hold in New York

New York State has approved juvenile justice reforms that will keep thousands of teenagers out of adult courts and adult correctional facilities.

"You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much."

The New York Times
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Illinois Bans Indiscriminate Shackling of Juveniles in Court

Juvenile justice advocates argue that the use of ankle, wrist, and other restraints in courtrooms deprives young people of a fair trial by creating bias, while traumatizing them and their families.
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