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

What's New


"Juvenile Justice Shows Progress"

From the Illinois Times

"Is 100 Years a Life Sentence? Opinions Are Divided"

From The New York Times

"Tragedy Leads to Study of Severe Child Neglect"

From Scientific American

"Kids Are Not Adults"

From State Legislatures

"How Do We React When Kids Make Mistakes? "

From Michigan Radio
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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juvenile justice reform that veers toward rehabilitation for young offenders and away from a punitive, unforgiving, and outdated system.

“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.
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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.


Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Laurie R. Garduque

Director, Criminal Justice
Portrait of Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin

Senior Program Officer, Criminal Justice
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Mary McClanahan Thiel

Team Coordinator
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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