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January | February 2016

Administrator Listenbee Reflects on Legacy of Models for Change Initiative

Models for Change logoOn December 13–15, 2015, the MacArthur Foundation hosted the 10th and final Models for Change National Working Conference in Washington, DC. The event marked the MacArthur Foundation’s exit from the juvenile justice arena.

In his plenary remarks, Administrator Listenbee hailed the foundation’s Models for Change initiative as an important vehicle for juvenile justice reform and called on states and communities to “act with ingenuity and initiative to continue carrying out the demands of this reform effort.”

Mr. Listenbee credited the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice with providing “answers to critical questions about young people and their interactions with the justice system” and laying the groundwork for two seminal studies on juvenile justice reform—the OJJDP-commissioned Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach and Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform: The Federal Role.

He also acknowledged the initiative’s efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system and to improve young people’s access to competent defense, and noted that the Models for Change initiative helped influence legislative changes in many states.

Mr. Listenbee further discussed how OJJDP is building on the initiative’s work. Along with the MacArthur Foundation, the Office is funding—

The conference was supported by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.