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ModelsforChange: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative

ModelsforChange: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative is an effort to create successful and replicable models of juvenile justice system reform through targeted investments in key states. With long-term funding and support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Models for Change seeks to accelerate progress toward a more rational, fair, effective, and developmentally appropriate juvenile justice system.

Models for Change has grown out of years of juvenile justice-focused grant-making by the MacArthur Foundation, including considerable investment in research that has expanded knowledge regarding adolescent development and delinquent behavior, and laid the groundwork for significant changes in law, policy, and practice. Now Models for Change seeks to advance juvenile justice reform in line with this new knowledge. The initiative's goal is to accelerate progress toward more rational, fair, effective, and developmentally sound juvenile justice systems in selected states--in the process, developing models of successful systemwide reform that can be emulated elsewhere.

Models for Change is making grants to support juvenile justice reform in Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Washington State. These states were chosen for their recognized leadership and commitment to change.

The MacArthur Foundation provides oversight for the effort, sets policy, and has final decision-making responsibility regarding the initiative's overall direction and the funding of site-based work. A National Resource Bank of grantee organizations, selected because of their juvenile justice knowledge and expertise, provides consulting and technical assistance to sites working to bring about change in the targeted areas.

CWLA, with its focus on the connection between maltreatment and delinquency and the importance of developing improved cross-system coordination and integration, is proud to be recognized as a MacArthur Foundation grantee and an original contributing partner to the Models for Change initiative. Models for Change



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