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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"Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers"

The New York Times
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Utah Bans Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Utah has banned the sentence of life without parole for juvenile offenders under the age of 18, joining 15 other states.
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Understanding the Consequences of Juvenile Records

A guide released by the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law describes the significant impacts of having a juvenile court record on youths’ employment, housing, and education prospects.


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
Portrait of Mary McClanahan Thiel

Mary McClanahan Thiel

Team Coordinator
Portrait of Gabriela Suarez

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