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Because Kids are Different: Five Opportunities for Reforming the Juvenile Justice System

This report outlines opportunity to leverage current juvenile justice reform momentum to change policy in five areas where current practice is fundamentally incompatible with healthy adolescent development.


Models for Change supports a network of government and court officials, legal advocates, educators, community leaders, and families working together to ensure that kids who make mistakes are held accountable and treated fairly throughout the juvenile justice process. We provide research-based tools and techniques to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational and developmentally-appropriate.

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Editorial: The Supreme Court Says Again: Juveniles Are Different
1/28/2016, The New York Times
By Editorial Board
How Marsha Levick Changed the Face of Juvenile Justice
1/27/2016, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Samantha Melamed

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Models for Change is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.