Juvenile Justice Partners and Resources

NCSL juvenile Justice Partners 

  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.

    • The MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative collaborates with selected states to advance juvenile justice reforms that effectively hold young people accountable for their actions, provide for their rehabilitation, protect them from harm, increase their life chances, and manage the risk they pose to themselves and to public safety.

  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.

  • With funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice is offering free technical assistance to help jurisdictions build their capacity to use cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice policymaking and planning.

NCSL Partners' Resources

Read the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ paper, "Addressing the Needs of Multi- System Youth: Strengthening the Connection between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice."

No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration” report now available.


Announcing the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University‘s McCourt School of Public Policy, the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), and the National League of Cities (NLC) are pleased to announce that the application window for the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program is now open through May 30, 2014.  The program, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will run September 8-10, 2014 at Georgetown University.

The Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program presents an excellent opportunity for prosecutors, probation officers, law enforcement officials, and other juvenile justice leaders to obtain in-depth training, education, and guidance on juvenile diversion policies, practices and programs. By participating in this intensive and interactive program, attendees will be equipped to implement or improve juvenile diversion programming in their jurisdiction, and thereby reduce the use of formal processing and incarceration, avoid wasteful spending, reduce the collateral consequences youth encounter from exposure to the juvenile justice system, and improve outcomes for youth and families. After completing the program, participants will be responsible for the development of a capstone project -- a set of actions each participant will design and undertake within their organization or community to initiate or continue collaborative efforts related to juvenile diversion


New Resource Center for Juvenile Justice Established

The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice ( is pleased to announce the official launch of its operations and new listserv. The RFK National Resource Center provides consultation, technical assistance, and training to jurisdictions nationwide to enhance system performance and improve outcomes for youth and families involved with the juvenile justice and other youth-serving systems.  Our areas of expertise include working with state and local jurisdictions to:



The RFK National Resource Center’s website serves as a resource hub for jurisdictions and stakeholders by providing established guiding publications, frameworks, tools, resources, and the best available research to further support the achievement of this work.   





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