DOJ, MacArthur Announce $2 Million for Juvenile Justice Reform


A partnership between the federal government and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will provide $2 million over the next two years for juvenile justice reform efforts, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports. The partnership, established in 2011 between the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and MacArthur, will continue to fund initiatives to reduce disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system, use evidence-based methods to reduce out-of-home placements and delinquency, provide training in adolescent development and mental health to juvenile corrections staff, and respond to “dual-status” youth involved with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

OJJDP is awarding each of four organizations $125,000 for each of the next two years, while MacArthur is making a one-time $250,000 grant to each group. They are the Washington-based Center for Children’s Law and Policy, which will select two jurisdictions to reduce minority contact in the juvenile justice system; the National Youth Screening & Assessment project at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; the Delmar, N.Y.-based Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change, and the Washington-based Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice.

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