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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Louisiana, Illinois Enact Juvenile Justice Reform Laws

Lawmakers in the two states approved several juvenile justice reform bills that are consistent with the goals of the Foundation’s Models for Change reform initiative.

Report Examines Behavioral Health Needs in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System

A new report by Illinois Models for Change outlines the challenges and makes recommendations to improve behavioral health services for youth in the state's juvenile justice facilities.

Supreme Court Limits Life without Parole for Juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles may not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide because it violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
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Reforming Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania

An innovative new approach to juvenile justice reform in Berks County, Pennsylvania, is helping to improve community safety while reducing the number of young people in secure detention and providing them an opportunity for a better ...

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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Laurie R. Garduque

Director, Criminal Justice
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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