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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Landmark Developments in Juvenile Justice Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its 2012 decision banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder must be applied retroactively, granting hundreds of men and women a new sentencing or parole hearing. Read More

Closing Remarks by Julia Stasch at the Models for Change Conference

Remarks below as prepared for delivery at the Models for Change Tenth Annual Working Conference on December 15, 2015. Thank you for the opportunity to bring this conference – indeed, an era – to a close. Yesterday I ... Read More

"MacArthur Foundation 2015 Status Report"

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Juvenile Justice Reform Takes Root Across States

Every state has implemented developmentally-appropriate juvenile justice reform over the last 15 years, according to a report supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative. Read More


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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

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer, Evaluation