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Feature articles on noteworthy reform success

New Illinois law: 17-year olds charged with misdemeanors stay in juvenile court

A new Illinois law changes the practice of trying all 17 year-olds in the adult court and beginning next year, will keep 17-year-olds facing a misdemeanor charge in a juvenile system that is designed to reform youngsters. Read more about the successful advocacy that resulted in this reform. Read the story.

2008 Update: Gathering Force

Find out how Models for Change states and action networks are contributing to the gathering forces of significant and juvenile justice reforms based in shared values, growing knowledge of what works, and a deep well of public support for investment for youth. Read the story.

Champions for Change

Four inaugural award recipients honored at Models for Change annual meeting. "...These champions were chosen by colleagues in their own states for national recognition at the annual meeting of Models for Change leaders. They stand out among the many who are working hard to bring about the kind of reform that is reflected in better lives for so many young people in this country." Read the story.