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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"Tragedy Leads to Study of Severe Child Neglect"

From Scientific American
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"Kids Are Not Adults"

From State Legislatures
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Examining the Cost of a Youthful Mistake

"Mistakes Kids Make" is a storytelling project that advocates for juvenile justice reform that veers toward rehabilitation for young offenders and away from a punitive, unforgiving, and outdated system. Read More

“Models for Change”

From PBS.org
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Lessons Learned in Juvenile Justice Reform

A series of research briefs aggregates key learnings emerging from MacArthur’s multi-state juvenile justice initiative. Read More
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National Juvenile Defense Standards Published

The National Juvenile Defender Center has published the National Juvenile Defense Standards, which provide a comprehensive summary of the role and complex duties of the juvenile defender in the 21st century juvenile court system. Read More

"U.S. Detains Fewer Juveniles"

From The Commercial Appeal
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Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin

Program Officer
Portrait of Soledad McGrath

Soledad McGrath

Program Officer
Portrait of Mary McClanahan Thiel

Mary McClanahan Thiel

Team Coordinator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer, Evaluation