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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Robert Schwartz Discusses Trends in Juvenile Justice

Robert Schwartz, of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Law Center, discusses the legal trend in juvenile justice from punishment to rehabilitation. Read More
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State Legislative Trends in Juvenile Justice Reform

A new report explores trends in juvenile justice state legislation and finds that research on adolescent development has contributed to an increasing number of policies that distinguish juveniles from adult offenders. Read More

"Juvenile Prison Closures Praised"

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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

Staff

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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Patrick Griffin

Program Officer
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Soledad McGrath

Program Officer
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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