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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Changing Course: A Review of the First Two Years of Drug Transfer Reform in Illinois

Prepared for the Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative by Elizabeth Kooy. The preparation of this document was supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. View the Models for Change website

Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts Better for Children, Safer for Communities, According to Study

The 2005 repeal of a state law that once forced children accused of drug offenses into adult criminal courts has not compromised public safety and, instead, has provided hundreds of Illinois youth a greater opportunity to ...
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Joseph Cocozza on Juvenile Justice

Joseph Cocozza, The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, on improving mental health services for youthful offenders.
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Mark Soler on Juvenile Justice

Mark Soler, Center for Children's Law & Policy, on reducing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile justice system.

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Alex Piquero on Juvenile Justice

Alex Piquero, University of Florida, on research about the public's willingness to pay for the rehabilitation of youthful offenders.

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Angela Arboleda of National Council of La Raza

Angela Arboleda, National Council of La Raza, on the disproportionate number of Latinos in the juvenile justice system.

New MacArthur Action Network to Address Legal Representation for Indigent Juveniles

MacArthur Foundation announced the creation of a new national action network.

Report Documents Dangers to Youth in Adult Jails

It is extremely difficult to keep youth safe in adult jails, according to a new report by the Campaign for Youth Justice. It found that 21% of all substantiated victims of inmate-on-inmate sexual violence were under ...

Research Network Influences ABA Policy on Juveniles

Informed by MacArthur-supported research, the American Bar Association (ABA) has adopted a policy calling for less punitive sentencing of juvenile offenders, including life without parole

Public Willing to Pay More for Rehabilitation of Juvenile Offenders

Polling data released today by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) show that more than 70 percent of the general public agree that incarcerating youthful offenders without rehabilitation is the same as giving ...


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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