Juvenile Justice

MacArthur supports juvenile justice reform in 35 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

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Supreme Court Eliminates Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles may not be sentenced automatically to life without the possibility of parole for homicide. Related research by the MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice was cited ... Read More

Bringing Culture-Specific Juvenile Justice Programs to Tribal Communities

Juvenile justice advocates at the University of Washington, part of MacArthur’s Models for Change initiative, will use a “cultural enhancement” model to bring evidence-based practices to Native American communities. Read More
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SAMHSA, MacArthur Collaborate to Improve How Juvenile Justice System Responds to Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration teamed with MacArthur for a $1 million effort to improve policies and programs geared toward the behavioral health needs of youth in the juvenile justice system. Read More
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National Juvenile Defender Center, 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

National Juvenile Defender Center, a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, works on multiple fronts to bring capable legal counsel to children in the nation's juvenile justice system.

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Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice

The juvenile justice system was founded nearly a century ago on what was then a revolutionary principle: Children are different from adults, and the justice system that deals with them should reflect these differences. Read More
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Department of Justice, MacArthur Foundation Provide $2 Million to Support Juvenile Justice Reform

MacArthur and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention together offered $2 million in funding to support best practices in juvenile justice reform across the country. Read More

Juvenile Justice Guidebook for Legislators

Published by the National Conference of State Legislators, the guidebook addresses significant research, programs, and legislation concerning the most important juvenile justice issues of the day. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Laurie R. Garduque

Laurie R. Garduque

Director, Justice Reform
Portrait of Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin

Program Officer
Portrait of Soledad McGrath

Soledad McGrath

Program Officer
Portrait of Mary McClanahan

Mary McClanahan

Executive Secretary
Portrait of Stephen R. Stinson

Stephen R. Stinson

Program Administrator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Communications Officer, Public Affairs