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Illinois Legislature Approves Bill Encouraging Local Treatment for Juveniles

By large margins, the Illinois General Assembly approved legislation directing juvenile court judges to consider whether treatment in a youth's community would be a better option than sentencing the youth to a juvenile prison. Read More

Texas to Close Youth Prisons, Shift Funds to Community-Based Treatment

The Texas Legislature passed a bill signed into law by Governor Perry to close 3 of 10 state youth prisons and shift the funds to community-based rehabilitation programs and sanctions. Read More

Supreme Court Ruling Protects Miranda Rights of Children

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that age must be considered by law enforcement in determining whether Miranda warnings must be given to children during police interrogations. Read More

Investments in Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Reform Leverage State Funding

The new funding will support local projects that divert young people from formal juvenile court, establish community-based alternatives to incarceration, and improve county-based systems for providing legal representation. Read More
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Peer Jury Reduces Flow of Teens from School to Juvenile Justice System

A peer jury at Manual High School in Peoria, Illinois, has helped to dramatically reduce the number of teens entering the juvenile justice system from school. It is one of a number of projects supported by ... Read More

Fewer Juveniles Sent to Adult Prison

States are changing a variety of laws to keep young offenders away from adult prison, according to a new report by the Campaign for Youth Justice. Read More

States Prosecute Fewer Teens in Adult Courts

The New York Times cites research by MacArthur grantee the Vera Institute for Justice and identifies an emerging consensus that youth offenders are often mishandled by adult court systems. Read More

Teenagers, Friends and Bad Decisions

This post describes a recent study by Laurence Steinberg that found teenage peer pressure has a distinct effect on brain signals involving risk and reward. Read More

Realigning Illinois Fiscal Priorities in Juvenile Justice

"Research shows that treating youth in the community is the best medicine for youth crime," writes Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, a grantee of MacArthur's Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. Read More

True Stories: Young People in the Juvenile Justice System

Pursuing Justice, a monthly podcast of the Juvenile Law Center, features true stories and conversations on issues facing young people in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Read More

California Approves Juvenile Competence Law

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill, influenced by several MacArthur grantees, that establishes developmental immaturity as a factor in determining whether a juvenile is competent to participate in court proceedings. Read More

Louisiana, Illinois Enact Juvenile Justice Reform Laws

Lawmakers in the two states approved several juvenile justice reform bills that are consistent with the goals of the Foundation’s Models for Change reform initiative. Read More

Report Examines Behavioral Health Needs in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System

A new report by Illinois Models for Change outlines the challenges and makes recommendations to improve behavioral health services for youth in the state's juvenile justice facilities. Read More

Supreme Court Limits Life without Parole for Juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles may not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide because it violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Read More
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Reforming Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania

An innovative new approach to juvenile justice reform in Berks County, Pennsylvania, is helping to improve community safety while reducing the number of young people in secure detention and providing them an opportunity for a better ... Read More

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Valerie Chang

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Patrick Griffin

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Soledad McGrath

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Mary McClanahan Thiel

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