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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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 ...

Report: Public Attitudes and Policy Preference for Juvenile Justice Systems Reform

A poll commissioned by the Center for Children's Law and Policy as part of MacArthur's Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative, reveals strong support for juvenile justice reforms that focus on rehabilitating youthful ...

Report: Rehabilitation Versus Incarceration of Juvenile Offenders: Public Preferences in Four States

A new survey carried out by Alexa Piquero and Laurence Steinberg, both of whom served on MacArthur’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, shows that taxpayers are more willing to pay for rehabilitative ...

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Models for Change Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses how the Foundation's Models for Change initiative offers a smart, effective, enlightened approach to dealing with youthful offenders.

Study Finds Overburdened Juvenile Justice System in Illinois, Brings Quick Action

Illinois juvenile defenders lack the time, support, and resources to represent effectively indigent children in court, according to a new report by MacArthur grantees the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law ...

Illinois Bill Limits Long-Term Access to Information on Juvenile Sex Offenders

MacArthur grantee the Juvenile Justice Initiative helped forge an alliance between Illinois prosecutors and public defenders to pass a bill – over the objections of Governor Rod Blagojevich – that limits long-term access to information about juvenile sex ...

An Assessment of Access to Counsel & Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings

This report by the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University's Blum Legal Clinic and the National Juvenile Defender Center provides an overview of young people's access to counsel and the quality of ...

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Laurie R. Garduque

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

Evaluation Contact

Portrait of Maurice Samuels

Maurice Samuels

Program Officer
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