Program Area

Juvenile Justice

Improving the outcomes of youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system by eliminating the inappropriate use of secure confinement and out-of-home placement.

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First Convening of Deep End Local Pilot Sites Held

Reducing the number of youth in correctional institutions and out-of-home placements is key to reforming the juvenile justice system. The Foundation has selected six local sites – Bernalillo County, N.M.; Jefferson Parish, La.; Lucas County, Ohio; Marion County, Ind.; the city of St. Louis, Mo.; and Washoe County, N.V. – to pilot strategies to safely reduce commitments and other out-of-home placements following delinquency adjudication.

September 9, 2013

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No Place for Kids

The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration


The case against America’s youth prisons and correctional training schools can be neatly summarized in five words: dangerous, ineffective, unnecessary, wasteful and inadequate.

October 4, 2011

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Closing Massachusetts’ Training Schools

Reflections Forty Years Later


This publication recounts a one-day symposium convened in 2011 to remember and reconsider a historic reform campaign — the closure of Massachusetts’ entire network of juvenile reform schools in the early 1970s. The report provides a history of the campaign and its aftermath, summarizes the major themes and ideas presented at the symposium and details the conclusions and recommendations from group discussions.

June 2, 2014

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Youth Violence Myths and Realities: A Tale of Three Cities

The Different Story of Delinquent Youth as Told by the Media and by Juvenile Justice System Professionals and the Youth Themselves


This report examines the youth perspective on violence, life circumstance, and the response of the justice system to a supposed growth of violence among troubled youth. 

February 12, 2009

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