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New Article Examines Successful Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Three Models for Change States
7/8/2015, Elsevier
By Sarah Cusworth Walker Ph.D, Brian Bumbarger M.Ed., and Stephen Phillippi Jr. Ph.D.
Achieving Successful Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Juvenile Justice: The Importance of Diagnostic and Evaluative Capacity A new article published in Elsevier conducts a policy analysis…
Juvenile Justice Changes Outlined
2/11/2015, Scranton Times-Tribune
By Robert Swift
HARRISBURG — As juvenile crime drops, the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania is making better use of evidence and statistics to design programs to keep offenders out of detention centers…
OP-ED: ‘Kids-for-Cash’ Documentary a Reminder of Continuing Problems in Juvenile Justice Systems
6/19/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Megan Bruce
"For many of the children who were involved, the scandal and the resulting consequences of juvenile justice system involvement will have life-long effects. “Kids for Cash” is an…
OP-ED: Children Deserve Our Honesty and Compassion
4/8/2014, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Staff
We shouldn’t ignore their [young people’s] cries for attention, or vilify adolescence. We should encourage strengths, stimulate minds, and attempt to understand adolescent behavior so…
Penn State Student Overcomes ‘Juvenile Delinquent’ Label to Earn Degree
12/20/2013, Centre County Gazette
By Staff
When Scott Earnest, of Lewistown, picks up his diploma Dec. 21 during Penn State’s fall commencement ceremonies, he will be defying expectations after a troubled history in the juvenile…
Champions for Change: Core State Coordinators
12/8/2013, Models for Change
By Core States
Models for Change honors the dedicated work of the Core State Coordinators: Pennsylvania Models for Change – Juvenile Law Center Illinois Models for Change – Civitas ChildLaw Center…
Film Review: Kids for Cash
12/2/2013, Variety
By Ronnie Scheib
Robert May's deeply shocking, continually surprising documentary examines the kickback scandal surrounding juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella.
What Happens when teen's punishment doesn't fit crime?
11/21/2013, Fox News, Philadelphia
By Jeff Cole
PHILADELPHIA - Earlier this week, we showed you video of a brutal girl fight at a local high school. While we don't yet know what will become of the teens involved, we do know with every incident…
Absurd decision: Pennsylvania justices err on the side of cruelty
11/8/2013, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Editorial page
The ancient wisdom that children are different from adults has also influenced ideas on the extent to which children should be held responsible for their actions. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court…
Inside heads and cells of juvenile offenders: New Philly art exhibit showcases and helps youth
By Alex Wigglesworth
What was originally conceived as a locally-staged art exhibition highlighting the need for reforms to the nation's juvenile justice system has snowballed into something much more. At nonprofit arts…
Advocates urge juvenile justice improvements
10/14/2013, Daily Local News
By Bill Rettew
COATESVILLE — In recognition of National Youth Awareness Month, community leaders, former youth offenders and the public discussed ways to reduce the number of juveniles sentenced to adult…
Health, education resources key in juvenile justice
10/11/2013, The Times of Chester County
By Kyle Carrozza
Experts discuss ways to promote rehabilitation, avoid recidivism COATESVILLE – Especially in Pennsylvania, where more adults are serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles than…
A new national report shows almost half of the states are taking tangible steps to reform their youth criminal justice systems
10/10/2013, The Washington Times
By Jeffrey Anderson
A new national report shows almost half of the states are taking tangible steps to reform their youth criminal justice systems. The District is not among them. In the past eight years, some 40…
Nearly half of U.S. states enact juvenile justice reforms
10/9/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON – Nearly half of U.S. states have made great strides in the past eight years toward reducing the prosecution of juveniles in the adult criminal justice system or preventing youths…
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
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…
A Public-Private Partnership that Works
5/23/2013, Juvenile Law Center
By Autumn Dickman
Public-private partnerships are a staple of good government initiatives. Rarely, however, has such a partnership existed in juvenile justice on the scale of MacArthur Foundation’s…
Juvenile Law Center Named Best "Law" Website in the 17th Annual Webby Awards
5/2/2013, Juvenile Law Center Blog
By Models for Change
Reposted from: Juvenile Law Center Blog The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) announced today that Juvenile Law Center has been named the Best "Law" Website in the 17th…
Champion for Change: George D. Mosee, Jr.
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Deputy District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division George Mosee Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 Read the…
MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative Announces its Knowledge Brief Series
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
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
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
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…
Jim Anderson Receives Presidents Award From Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges
9/5/2012, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
A surprised Jim Anderson, Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, received the 2012 Presidents Award from the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges at the Hotel…
Training to Enhance Family Involvement in Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Now Available
9/5/2012, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
The Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research is launching a statewide effort to provide training for juvenile probation officers who desire to utilize strategies to expand family involvement…
Using Social Media to Advance Reform
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 –…
Sustaining Models for Change Initiatives Through Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Pennsylvania has a long history of working to improve its juvenile justice system through sustained leadership, strong partnerships at both the state and local levels, and cooperation with both…
Kids-for-cash laws signed at scene of crime
4/10/2012, Scranton Times Tribune
By Dave Janoski
WILKES-BARRE - Gov. Tom Corbett signed two bills Monday bolstering the rights of juvenile court defendants at the Luzerne County Courthouse, where two judges collected millions for sending juveniles…
Giving jailed juveniles a second chance at life
3/15/2012, Washington Post
By Marian Wright Edelman
Edwin Desamour was driving with his 3-year-old son in their Philadelphia neighborhood recently when the little boy looked up and said, “Daddy, look at the moon! I want to go there!” So…
Robert Listenbee - People on the Move
12/15/2011, Philadelphia Business Journal
Robert Listenbee Date added: December 15, 2011 Submission Type: Professional Recognition Current employer: Defender Association of Philadelphia Current title/position: Chief of the Juvenile…
Robert Listenbee Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
Dedication to Improving Juvenile Defense to be Recognized at National Meeting of MacArthur-Supported Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative Philadelphia – Robert Listenbee, Chief of the Juvenile…
Champion for Change Robert L. Listenbee: Juvenile defenders must become the change
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Robert L. Listenbee, 2011 Champion for Change Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) , Former Chief of the Juvenile Unit, Defender Association of…
2011 Champions for Change
By Models for Change
Champions for Change are individuals working with Models for Change in their states who have positively affected the lives of justice-involved youth, their families, and communities in ways that…
Making Major Strides in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Models for Change
For Immediate Release December 5, 2011 Contact: Zerline Hughes, / 202-558-7974 ext. 308 Jason Fenster, / 202-558-7974 ext 306 WASHINGTON,…
Collaboration for Reform
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…
Legislation is overdue to protect children's rights
11/18/2011, Patriot News
By Marsha Levick
Over the past 36 years, Juvenile Law Center has witnessed many horrific incidents involving children. Each time, the same questions arise – how could this happen and what can we do to make sure…
Interesting journey for juvenile justice legislation
10/30/2011, Republican Herald
By Robert Swift
HARRISBURG - The two former judges at the heart of the Luzerne County courthouse scandal involving abuses in the sentencing of juvenile offenders are now in federal prison, but the business of…
Seeking best in kids, officer named best in state
10/15/2011, Reading Eagle
By Holly Hermany
Berks County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Robert N. Williams is humble about winning the 2011 Probation Officer of the Year Award. It's embarrassing," Williams said in his office on the 10th…
Profile for Change: Patty Potter
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Since 2007, Patty Potter has performed the role of Mental Health Coordinator (MHC) in Erie County, one of the three Pennsylvania model counties selected to participate in the Models for Change Mental…
There are Better Alternatives to Youth Detention
8/28/2011, Patriot News
By Daniel P. Elby, CEO of Alternative Rehabilitation Communities
The Pennsylvania juvenile justice system is based on the philosophy of balanced and restorative justice. Implementing this philosophy ensures that each county dedicates equal attention to the…
Profile for Change: Judge Arthur Grim
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
For more than 35 years, Judge Arthur Grim of Berks County Pennsylvania has been working hard to help kids find the path to successful adulthood. In 1975, Grim was a young graduate of Duquesne…
Senate Passes Baker Bills to Bring Reforms to Juvenile Justice System
6/12/2011, Wayne Independent
By Staff
Honesdale, Pa. — The state Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) to reform the juvenile justice system and protect the fundamental rights of kids entering the…
Senate approves corruption bills
6/11/2011, Standard Speaker
By Robert Swift
HARRISBURG - A slew of bills to address fallout from the courthouse scandal and other corruption probes in Luzerne County won approval Wednesday from state lawmakers. By unanimous votes, the Senate…
Patricia McFall Torbet named Pennsylvania Champion for Change
6/1/2011, Pitt Magazine
Patricia McFall Torbet SOC WK ’76 was named the Pennsylvania Champion for Change in December by Models for Change, a national initiative aimed at rehabilitating delinquent adolescents. She…
Juvie bills merit swift approval
5/25/2011, Times Leader
By Editorial
When adults make errors in juvenile court, the children don’t get a “do-over” of their most formative years. IT LOOKED LIKE a little thing in Tuesday’s Times Leader, literally…
Statistics Don't Tell Total Child Abuse Story
5/8/2011, The Patriot-News
By Jeanette Krebs
Recently the state released its annual report on child abuse. As Gov. Tom Corbett wrote in one of the first pages, the number of cases of substantiated child abuse reports declined to 14.9 percent…
Wilkes University names commencement speaker
5/5/2011, Citizens Voice
Attorney Robert Listenbee, who was appointed to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice investigated the Luzerne County Courthouse scandal, is the commencement speaker for Wilkes University's…
Pre-adjudication Diversion Efforts Improve Juvenile Justice Outcomes in Pennsylvania
By Amy Ruff, Lourdes Rosado, George Mosee and Michael Pennington
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC) of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which advises the Commission on the distribution of federal and state…
JJDPC Addresses Diversion
1/1/2011, The Newsletter of The Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC) of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which advises the Commission on the distribution of federal and state…
Supporting Young People Out of the Justice System
12/15/2010, The Guardian (UK)
By Randeep Ramesh
Clay Yeager spent two decades in America's criminal justice system getting more disillusioned every day as children who had been alienated, disturbed and living in households too poor to do anything…
Patricia Torbet Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
For Immediate Release Contact: Shannon Ensminger 717-699-2206 Patricia Torbet Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform Pittsburgh, PA (December 8, 2010) – Patricia Torbet,…
Champion for Change Patricia Torbet
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Senior Research Associate National Center for Juvenile Justice Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. When a small group of juvenile justice leaders met to dream up Models for…
2010 Champions for Change
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…
Berks County Evening Reporting Center Awarded Top State Honors
By Marie Yeager
Harrisburg, PA (November 4, 2010) – The Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission named the Children’s Home of Reading Evening Reporting Center as the Community-Based Program…
Faces in the News: Robert N. Williams, Berks County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
11/3/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
Why he's in the news: Williams said the slaying of 15-year-old Willy Tineo-Ferreira in September is a horrible tragedy, but not an indication that juvenile crime in Berks is on the rise. (The…
Profile for Change: Patricia Torbet
The juvenile justice community honors the life and work of Pat Torbet, Dec. 7, 1951-Sept. 23, 2011 In her role as a Senior Researcher at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, Pat…
Understanding the Long-Term Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication
10/1/2010, PA Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals Newsletter
Educators know better than anyone that many children and teens arrive at school each morning carrying some heavy baggage from home. For adolescents and teens, problems at home often lead to troubles…
Program for city targets families to stop youth violence
9/23/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
It was only a decade ago that Reading's reputation as a crime-ridden city began to alarm the community and local, state and federal law enforcement. There were 38 murders in Berks County, including…
Reforming Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania
By John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
An innovative new approach to juvenile justice reform in Berks County, Pennsylvania, is helping to improve community safety while reducing the number of young people in secure detention and…
What Happens in Juvenile Court, Doesn't Always Stay in Juvenile Court - The Myths and Realities about Juvenile Records and Expungements
7/15/2010, The Jurisdiction - Allegheny County Probation
By Judge Kim Clark
Contrary to popular belief, what happens in juvenile court, doesn't always stay in juvenile court. A juvenile record can follow a person for the rest of their lives. This can include the record of…
Commission reveals truth, recommendations should be adopted
5/30/2010, Times Tribune
Former Judges Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella naturally have been the focus of public attention for the perversion of justice in the Luzerne County court system. Mr. Conahan has agreed to…
Commission casts a wide net of blame and suggests array of safeguards to protect youths
5/28/2010, Times Leader
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker and Mark Guydish
HARRISBURG – The commission investigating the Luzerne County juvenile justice scandal issued a final report Thursday that casts a wide net of blame and offers suggestions to ensure that such a…
Luzerne kids-for-cash scandal inspires recommendations for juvenile justice reform
5/27/2010, Juvenile Law Center
Question Remains: When Will Recommendations Become Law and Policy? Philadelphia, PA (May 27, 2010)—Juvenile Law Center applauds the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice for its thorough…
Panel issues report on ways to overhaul juvenile justice system in Pa
5/27/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
In a harsh and devastating report, a commission set up to investigate the "kids for cash" scandal in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County issued far-reaching recommendations Thursday aimed at overhauling…
Berks Program Gives Young Offenders a Shot at Redemption
4/19/2010, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
Wes Morris and his mother, Renee, dicuss Berks County's Community Youth Aid Panel program, which was so successful in putting Wes on a good path that Renee decided to get involved. When Wes Morris…
Kids Should Never Be Tried As Adults
2/18/2010, CNN
By Bob Schwartz
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- About 20 years ago, 9-year-old Cameron Kocher fired a rifle out of a window of his home in upstate Pennsylvania and hit his 7-year-old neighbor, who was riding on…
Models for Change Forum Focuses on Aftercare for Juveniles
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
The fifth annual Aftercare Forum training was held December 3rd and 4th at the Days Inn at State College, PA. The forum, which was focused on highlighting the ongoing work of the Models for Change…
Protecting Children from Detention Abuses
1/22/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Sandra Simkins
We have learned from the Luzerne County scandal that children need lawyers when they appear before a judge. A recently released Department of Justice report shows why they also need access to lawyers…
Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice - Testimony of Robert Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
By Pennsylvania Models for Change
Judge Cleland and Members of the Commission: Thank you for inviting me to share Juvenile Law Center’s views on the Luzerne County juvenile court scandal and its implications for Pennsylvania…
Citizens of the Year aided juveniles in Luzerne County
1/3/2010, Philadelphia Inquirer
By Editorial: Seeking justice
It began with a distraught mother's phone call to the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. Laurene Transue reported that her 15-year-old daughter, Hillary, had been sentenced to a juvenile-detention…
Juvenile Law Center Strives for Justice Reform
12/28/2009, The Legal Intelligencer
By Robert Schwartz
The Juvenile Law Center's highly publicized work on behalf of thousands of Luzerne County teens is of obvious import. It also has its ironies. Since 2004, the Juvenile Law Center has been the "lead…
Best of 2009: Juvenile Law Center's persistence pays off
12/27/2009, Harrisburg Patriot News
By Patriot-News Editorial Board
In Pennsylvania, the end of 2009 can’t come soon enough. Good riddance. It’s been a year marked by scandals and stalled budgets that brings to mind nothing short of Charlie…
Keith Snyder Honored for Mental Health Reform Efforts
12/20/2009, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter
By Marie Yeager
Keith Snyder, Deputy Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, was honored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for…
The New Faces Of Leadership (The Forward 50: Marsha Levick)
12/4/2009, The Jewish Daily Forward
By Jane Eisner
It has since been called the most serious incident of judicial corruption in the nation’s history. But when Marsha Levick, 58, and her colleagues from the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia…
Champion for Change: Keith Snyder
12/1/2009, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Deputy Director Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, Pennsylvania Read the complete 2009 Champions for Change program. Simply calling Keith Snyder a “team leader” is a vast…
James Rieland Honored for Exceptional Contributions to Juvenile Justice Reform in Pennsylvania
By Models for Change Pennsylvania
James J. Rieland, Director of Allegheny County Probation and critical fixture in Pennsylvania’s Models for Change initiative, has been awarded the Dennis M. Maloney Award for his exceptional…
Models for Change Stakeholder and Latino Juvenile Justice Network Coordinator Edwin Desamour Featured on CNN
11/9/2009, CNN
By Bill Mears
Two cases may change the way teens are punished November 9, 2009 10:50 a.m. EST Allentown, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Sixty miles and the twin tragedies of young lives lost to violence link this…
Models for Change Mental Health Coordinator Named PA Juvenile Probation Supervisor of the Year
11/4/2009, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission
Mary Gaspari began her career with the Chester County Juvenile Probation Department in 1998 as a juvenile probation officer. From 2000 to 2003 she was the Balanced and Restorative Justice…
Berks County Attorney Recognized for Innovative Leadership in Juvenile Justice
By Marie Roda
Joseph A. Guillama, Esq. recently received the Violence Prevention Roundtable of Berks County Distinguished Leadership Award for his work with minority youth in the criminal justice system. Mr.…
MH/JJ Action Network State of Texas Awarded One Million Dollar Grant
By The Texas Juvenile Justice TBI Partnership Project
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the state of Texas with a 4-year, $1 million dollar multi-agency grant to help identify youth in the juvenile justice system who may…
Reform Efforts Improving Mental Health Services and Coordination for Youth
By Joe Cocozza
Solomon Moore’s article New York Times article illustrates the problems with using juvenile justice systems to meet the mental health needs of youth. Fortunately, there are growing efforts to…
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…
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.…
Berks County pioneers an alternative to detention for juvenile offenders
7/25/2009, Reading Eagle
By Holly Herman
A 16-year-old Reading boy misses a three-point shot but runs off the basketball court glowing nevertheless. "I turned my life around," the youth said proudly during a break in a basketball game…
Building Kids' Lives
7/16/2009, Berks Community Television
Berks Community Television presents "Building Kids' Lives" - a program presented by the Children's Home of Reading, featuring the efforts of the Berks County, PA Disproportionate Minority workgroup…
Project Seeks Early Identification of Mental Health Needs of Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System
Our country’s juvenile justice system was designed to hold young people accountable for their behavior and provide individualized treatment, supervision, and rehabilitation to prevent future…
Federal commitment offers welcomed support to local initiatives to promote racial and ethnic fairness
By LaWanda Johnson
Acting Administrator of the OJJDP, Jeff Slowikowski, addresses DMC Action Network As local Models for Change demonstration sites show how juvenile justice systems can be more just for all youth,…
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County
Reducing the incarceration of youth of color in Berks County through structured decision-making and community-based alternatives Models for Change support has assisted Berks County’s juvenile…
Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Reform Progress Featured on New Models for Change Web Site
By Marie Roda
New site provides historical background, current progress, new initiatives For Immediate Release: May 6, 2009 Contact: Marie Roda 717-699-2206 or Philadelphia, PA –…
Letter: For Youth, Second Chances
4/15/2009, New York Times
By Jonathan Fanton
To the Editor: “Missouri System Treats Juvenile Offenders With Lighter Hand” (news article, March 27) highlights the Missouri Model, which is just one of many promising reforms under way…
Juvenile Law Center Prepares Statement for Senator Lisa Baker's (PA) Press Conference on Juvenile Justice Reforms and Remedies
4/1/2009, State Senator Lisa Baker's Website
By Lourdes M. Rosado, Esq. Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center
Statement of Lourdes M. Rosado, Esq., Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center Prepared for Senator Lisa Baker's (PA) April 1, 2009 Press Conference On behalf of Juvenile Law Center, I want to…
New Pennsylvania project strives to break cycle of youth crime
By Models for Change Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has long been recognized as a progressive leader in juvenile justice reform, a reputation that led the John D. and Catharine T. MacArthur Foundation to select Pennsylvania as a flagship…
Untreated Mental Health Needs Fuels School to Jail Pipeline
1/5/2009, New York Times
By Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D.
Letter to the Editor NY Times RE: The Principal's Office First To The Editor: Thank you for drawing attention to the issue of increasing school arrests. Frequently, arrested youth have untreated…
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…
She was a teenager heading the wrong way
12/14/2008, Williamsport Sun Gazette
By Mark Maroney
She was a teenager heading in the wrong direction. Not a career criminal. Just a rebellious kid. At 14, she committed a retail theft, taking an item valued at less than $25, then lied to police…
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…
2008 Update: Gathering Force
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…
Racial, ethnic disparities addressed in Berks County, PA
By National Center for Juvenile Justice
Significant and imaginative work addressing racial and ethnic disparities at the local level Models for Change funding, coordination and expert assistance have enabled a coalition of juvenile…
Champions for Change
By Models for Change
James Anderson, PA Elizabeth Clarke, IL Paul Frick, LA Jacqueline van Wormer, WA Four inaugural award recipients honored at Models for Change annual meeting Models for…
Champion for Change: James E. Anderson
12/1/2008, Models for Change
By Pennsylvania
Executive Director Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission Read the complete 2008 Champions for Change program. Jim Anderson is not a lawyer, and yet others depend on his knowledge…
Op-Ed: Better Models for Juvenile Justice
8/22/2007, The Christian Science Monitor
By Rod R. Blagojevich, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Edward G. Rendell and Chris Gregoire
Springfield, Ill.; Baton Rouge, La.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Olympia, Wash. Amid news stories that raise the specter of increasing juvenile crime, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that crime rates…
MacArthur Action Networks to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
6/19/2007, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL (June 19, 2007) – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which is investing $100 million to support and accelerate promising models of juvenile justice reform, is…
MacArthur Awards $4.2 Million to Accelerate Juvenile Justice Reform in Illinois, 3 Other States
6/15/2006, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
CHICAGO, IL—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced six grants totaling nearly $4.2 million to help accelerate promising models for juvenile justice reform as part of…
MacArthur Foundation Selects Pennsylvania as "Model" State for National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative
11/3/2005, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
HARRISBURG, PA – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has selected Pennsylvania as one of four states to participate in Models for Change, a national initiative to accelerate…
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