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Third Models for Change working conference gathers forces and champions juvenile justice reform

The Third Annual Models for Change Working Conference, in December 2008, provided a unique opportunity for representatives from all areas of the initiative to come together and share knowledge, tools and challenges. Hosted by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Alexandria, VA, highlights from the conference included workshops on issues like juvenile indigent defense, diversion strategies and “information sharing.” In addition, attendees participated in peer group sessions, which allowed key actors with similar roles in the juvenile justice systems (e.g. judges, service providers, defenders, etc.) to discuss their work in Models for Change and learn from one another.

Charles J. Ogletree discusses prospects for juvenile justice reform (video above)

A conference highlight was a keynote address by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. During the visit, Professor Ogletree sat down for a brief interview with MacArthur Models for Change organizers to discuss possibilities for juvenile justice reform in the new administration. Click play on the video above or watch it on YouTube

2008 Update: Gathering Force

In conjunction with the Third Annual Working Conference, the National Center for Juvenile Justice, a Models for Change National Resource Bank member, released a new report. The 2008 update describes how Models for Change states and action networks are gathering force around juvenile justice reform values, knowledge of what works, and public support for investment in youth. Read the story.

Champions for Change

A new feature of the Annual Working Conference was the presentation of four inaugural Champions for Change awards. These champions were chosen by colleagues within their states for recognition of their outstanding work to bring about reform. Each award recipient sat down to discuss their experiences in a video interview. Read "champion" bios and watch video interviews.

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