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How State and Local Governments Can Improve Outcomes for Youth

Two publications break down what state and local governments can do to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Read More
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Progress in Juvenile Justice Reform in 3 States

Efforts by the National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems, a multi-funder initiative supported by the Foundation, have secured important juvenile justice reforms in Colorado, Washington, and New Hampshire. Read More
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SAMHSA-MacArthur Select States for Initiative to Aid Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee have been selected to participate in the Improving Diversion Polices and Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative. Read More
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SAMHSA, MacArthur Collaborate to Improve Early Diversion for Justice-Involved American Indian Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and MacArthur are collaborating on an effort to support early diversion for justice-involved American Indian youth with behavioral health needs. Read More
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Online Tool Tracks Juvenile Justice Policy and Practice Changes

The Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics) site monitors juvenile justice system change by examining state laws and juvenile justice practice, combined with the most relevant state and national statistics. Read More
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The Unique Role of the Juvenile Defender

A white paper by the National Juvenile Defender Center asserts that while juvenile defenders are a critical protection against injustice, they face a unique set of challenges when working to engage a young client in the ... Read More
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Placing Juveniles on Sex Offender Registries is Counterproductive

Requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders can hinder rehabilitation efforts and have significant, long-term negative consequences for young perpetrators who are statistically unlikely to re-offend, according to a report released by the Illinois Juvenile Justice ... Read More
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Assessing the Over-Incarceration of “Status Offenders”

Minor juvenile misbehaviors, such as truancy and curfew violations, may lead to a youth being placed in a secure facility, surrounded by more serious offenders, and kept from their schoolwork, according to a MacArthur-supported report from ... Read More
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Aiding Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System

Youth in the juvenile justice system experience mental health disorders at a rate three times higher than that of the general youth population, according to a white paper from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative ... Read More
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SAMHSA, MacArthur Renew Commitment to Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and MacArthur are collaborating on an effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Read More
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Report Shows Continued Reduction in Youth Incarceration Nationwide

The report highlights the continued positive trend in the nine states leading the nation in reducing incarceration, and showcases a handful of states that have opened the door for future progress. Read More
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Report Stresses Assistance Over Prosecution for “Status Offending” Youth

A report from the Vera Institute of Justice stresses that responding to “status offenses” in court can lead to deeper juvenile justice system involvement, including detention or placement in a residential facility – outcomes that are out ... Read More
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Evaluating Virginia’s Justice System

A policy brief from the Justice Policy Institute asserts that the state of Virginia will face an escalating crisis if it does not take steps to reassess and change its approach to crime and imprisonment. Read More
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Nearly Half of U.S. States Enact Juvenile Justice Reforms

The report highlights reforms in 23 states that include limiting states’ authority to house young people in adult jails and prisons. Read More
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Assessing Attitudes of Law Enforcement on Juvenile Justice

A survey of nearly 1,000 law enforcement leaders reveals a large gap between the role the law enforcement community believes it should have in the juvenile justice system and the role it actually plays. Read More

Staff

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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
Portrait of Mary McClanahan Thiel

Mary McClanahan Thiel

Team Coordinator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer, Evaluation