2016 Juvenile Justice Policy Forum


Photo of Lake TahoeThe National Conference of State Legislatures convened a Juvenile Justice Policy Forum in Lake Tahoe, Nev., on June 22-24, 2016, for 30 legislators from 18 different states to discuss the latest juvenile justice reform policies across the country.

The meeting, developed under NCSL’s longstanding partnership with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, provided an opportunity for lawmakers to learn from national experts, local judicial and agency officials and other state legislators about topics such as: status offender and dual status youth reform; collateral consequences; the emerging adult population; juvenile life without parole and other broad juvenile justice reform. The group was presented with research on emerging youth brain science and heard varying perspectives on youth policies and Nevada’s model reforms.

At the end of the event, participants engaged in a roundtable discussion, where they reviewed and reflected on the information they had obtained over the previous few days, and shared ideas and strategies for applying what they learned to their own legislative priorities.

Meeting Agenda and Online Resources

Wednesday, June 22

Dinner and Welcome Reception

Welcome: Sarah Brown, NCSL

Lake Tahoe Welcome: Speaker John Hambrick

Thursday, June 23

MacArthur Foundation Overview and Priorities



  • Laurie Garduque, director, Justice Reform, MacArthur Foundation

Dual Status Youth: Improving Outcomes



  • Ann Teigen, NCSL


  • John Tuell, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, Virginia
  • Senator Scott Hammond, Nevada

Status Offender Reform and Mental Health



  • Rich Williams, NCSL


  • Krista Larson, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland
  • Representative Roger Goodman, Washington

Luncheon Program: Nevada Juvenile Justice Reform


Introductions and Moderator

  • Patrick Guinan, Nevada


  • Jude Egan Walker, Second Judicial District Court Family Division, Nevada
  • Speaker John Hambrick, Nevada

Collateral Consequences: Improving Efforts for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood



  • Anne Teigen, NCSL


  • Carolyn Frazier, Northwestern University, Illinois
  • Representative Pete Lee, Colorado

Emerging Adults


  • Sarah Brown, NCSL


  • Heidi Mueller, deputy director of programs, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Brigid Duffy, director, Juvenile Division, Clark County District Attorney, Nevada
Friday, June 24

Breakfast and Legislator State Planning



  • Sarah Brown, NCSL
  • Anne Teigen, NCSL
  • Rich Williams, NCSL