Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice

Source: Justice Policy Institute, 2014

Launched in 2004, Models for Change is a multi-state initiative working to guide and accelerate advances to make juvenile justice systems more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate. Capitalizing on a unique historic opportunity to regenerate juvenile justice in America, the initiative promotes a broader movement of reform based in research and evidence of what works to improve outcomes for kids and communities, while holding young people accountable for their behavior.
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.Through, the initiative provides research-based tools and techniques to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate.

Reform areas:
Targeted juvenile justice leverage points where success triggers broader reforms. Work in the reform areas has been the focus of the initiative’s original core states, action networks and resource centers.

Community-based alternatives
Dual status youth
Evidence-based practices
Juvenile indigent defense
Mental health
Status offense reform
Racial and ethnic fairness/Disproportionate minority contact

Why Juvenile Justice Matters To County Human Services Agencies
Source: National Association of Counties (NACo), July 2014