Resources and Acknowledgements

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Models for Change initiative
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. Provides research-based tools and techniques to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational and developmentally-appropriate.

Center for Children’s Law and Policy

Legal and policy organization for the protection of the rights of children in juvenile justice and other systems. Provides technical assistance through the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Action Network.

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Resource Hub
Comprehensive source of information on cutting-edge juvenile justice issues and reform trends.

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change
National resource center for mental health reforms in the juvenile justice system. Resources include policy papers and practice manuals.

RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
National resource center providing resources to improve system performance and outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.   

Status Offense Reform Center
National resource center. Provides an interactive, comprehensive toolkit to support agencies seeking to improve their responses to youth charged with status offenses.

W. Haywood Burns Institute
National organization that addresses racial and ethnic disparities. Interactive data map includes state and county-level information about racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. 


Laura E. Furr is the primary author of this publication. Clifford M. Johnson, Andrew O. Moore and Emily J. Pickren also made significant contributions. Soren Messner-Zidell and Laura E. Furr created the 'Inside the Juvenile Justice System' infographic.

This publication is made possible through the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative.

About the National League of Cities
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families works with municipal leaders to improve outcomes for the children, youth and families in their communities.

About the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families

NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities. NLC launched the YEF Institute in January 2000 in recognition of the unique and influential roles that mayors, city councilmembers, and other local leaders play in strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth.