MacArthur Foundation Backing Four New Juvenile Justice Reform Centers


Building on nearly 20-year, $150 million investment in juvenile justice reform, the MacArthur Foundation will spend an additional commitment of $15 million, in part to establish a Models for Change Resource Center Partnership. The program will provide judges, prosecutors, defenders, policymakers, advocates, probation officers, and mental health and social service agencies with technical assistance, trainings, tools, and resources to help advance juvenile justice reform. The partnership consists of four resource centers that will be operational this year. They include a mental health center led by Policy Research Inc., a National Juvenile Defender Center, a Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice Led by the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, to focus on youth with prior or current involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (known as dually-involved youth) and on improvement of juvenile probation systems, and a Status Offense Reform Center: Led by the Vera Institute of Justice, to focus on diverting non-delinquent youth and their families from the formal juvenile justice system.

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