Four Resource Centers for Change

The MacArthur Foundation recently created four resource centers “to provide judges, prosecutors, defenders, policymakers, advocates, probation officers, and mental health and social service agencies with technical assistance, trainings, tools, and resources to advance juvenile justice reform throughout the country.”  The four centers will be fully operational by the end of the year, and include:

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change led by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Policy Research, Inc.

National Juvenile Defender Center to improve access to counsel and the quality of representation.

Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice led by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, which will focus on the unique challenges of “cross-over” or “dual status” youth who are both juvenile delinquents and children in need of services (CHINS — abused or neglected children).

Status Offense Reform Center led by the Vera Institute of Justice with an emphasis on diverting disobedient, non-delinquent youth from the juvenile justice system.

Additional articles on the new initiative include these from the ABA Journal article and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

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