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Florida struggles to craft juvenile sentencing policy
10/16/2013, CBS Miami
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — As state legislators have tried and failed to craft a juvenile-sentencing law that conforms to landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings, a national advocacy group is…
Florida lawmakers consider juvenile justice
10/11/2013, Herald-Tribune
By Lloyd Dunkelberger
TALLAHASSEE One of Rep. Ray Pilon’s major tasks in the 2014 session will be reshaping Florida’s juvenile justice system. This week Pilon guided members of the House Criminal Justice…
State seeking major overhaul of juvenile justice system
10/10/2013, Orlando Sentinel
By Margie Menzel
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is proposing a major overhaul of its mission, emphasizing prevention while keeping the most dangerous offenders from committing more…
Real juvenile justice reform needs more than just good ideas
8/23/2013, Youth Today
By John Lash
Real change takes more than just ideas, it requires sustained and supported implementation of those ideas, and a willingness to make course corrections based on new data. It also requires that the…
With $15M in grants, MacArthur establishes 4 juvenile justice reform centers
8/21/2013, ABA Journal
By Molly McDonough
A longtime supporter of juvenile justice reform, the MacArthur Foundation has committed an additional $15 million to the effort, including the development of four juvenile justice reform centers as…
MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth
8/14/2013
Resource Center Partnership seeks to continue the wave of juvenile justice reform in U.S. by helping practitioners, policymakers tackle issues central to improving outcomes for kids and…
MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative Announces its Knowledge Brief Series
10/18/2012
By Models for Change
The Knowledge Brief Series describes new knowledge emerging from the Models for Change initiative, a multi-state juvenile justice initiative. Models for Change is accelerating movement toward a more…
National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Children's Health Month
10/11/2012
October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Children’s Health Month. In recognition of both, we would like to remind you of two recent knowledge briefs that speak to children’s…
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country
10/1/2012
By Campaign for Youth Justice
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country Twenty-eight Events in 20 States are designed to Raise Awareness around the Issue of Youth…
Campaign for Youth Justice Recognizes National Youth Justice Awareness Month
10/1/2012
By Campaign for Youth Justice
During the month of October, thousands of people are participating in National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM) activities throughout the country. The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and…
Using Social Media to Advance Reform
4/20/2012
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
The traditional ways to communicate about our work– word of mouth, newsletter mailings, and ask letters— still do, in fact, get the job done. But with advancements in social media –…
Collaboration for Reform
12/1/2011
By Tracy Velázquez, Justice Policy Institute
As the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative began to get underway in four core states, participants in the Initiative and Foundation leadership recognized a significant need: to…
Jacksonville Journal: Assistant Public Defender Honored as Champion for Change
12/13/2010, Florida Times-Union
Assistant Public Defender Rob Mason, director of the juvenile unit for the 4th Judicial Circuit, was recently honored as a Champion for Change by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur…
Champion for Change Robert W. Mason
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network
Director of Juvenile Court for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office, Florida Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. Children in Florida once went before the court in…
2010 Champions for Change
12/1/2010
The Champions for Change recognizes one Models for Change leader or partner from each of the four core Models for Change states (Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington) and each of the Models…
Locking Up Fewer Children
8/14/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
In the 1990s, states and localities began sending more and more children to juvenile lockups, often for months, while they awaited trial for nonviolent offenses or even noncriminal behavior like…
The New Jersey Supreme Court Agrees -Right to Counsel for a Juvenile Attaches Early
8/10/2009
By Rey Cheatham Banks
The New Jersey Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (NJ JIDAN) team scored a major victory with the decision in In re P.M.P., in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the right to counsel…
Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile Justice Systems
8/9/2009, New York Times
By Solomon Moore
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — The teenager in the padded smock sat in his solitary confinement cell here in this state’s most secure juvenile prison and screamed obscenities. The youth,…
National Initiative Keeping Youths Out of Jail, Report Says
8/6/2009, Washington Post
By Henri E. Cauvin
A national juvenile justice initiative is helping reduce the number of young offenders being jailed after arrest, according to a new report by the foundation that has backed the effort. But in the…
New Report Documents Dramatic Reductions in Youth Detention
8/5/2009, Salem-News
Reformers Gather in DC to Review Progress. (BALTIMORE, Md.) - A new report released by the Annie C. Casey Foundation shows that two decades of juvenile justice reform have reduced youth detention,…
12 and in Prison
7/27/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
The Supreme Court sent an important message when it ruled in Roper v. Simmons in 2005 that children under the age of 18 when their crimes were committed were not eligible for the death penalty.…
Third Models for Change working conference gathers forces and champions juvenile justice reform
1/1/2009
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…
Foundation Selects Four States for Action Network to Improve Legal Representation for Indigent Youth
12/9/2008, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
(Washington, DC) — Four states have been selected in a competitive process by the MacArthur Foundation to participate in the new Models for Change Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network…
MacArthur Foundation taps Barry Law to lead state's juvenile justice initiative; awards $100K grant for its juvenile justice efforts
12/8/2008
By Jeremy Jones
The Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andres School of Law in Orlando has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to…
2008 Update: Gathering Force
12/8/2008
By National Center for Juvenile Justice
Models for Change states and action networks are contributing to the gathering forces of significant juvenile justice reforms based in shared values, growing knowledge of what works, and a deep well…
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