The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems. The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation.
Our staff are currently working to reduce the unnecessary incarceration of youth without jeopardizing public safety, eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, and improve conditions of confinement for youth in state and local facilities. CCLP has a central role in major foundation-funded juvenile justice initiatives in the United States, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). CCLP also leverages its presence in the nation’s capital to support federal efforts to improve the lives of at-risk youth.
To read more about our current and past projects, please click here. You can also hear Executive Director Mark Soler describe our work on video by following this link, thanks to the generous support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation's Giving Library.
Visit the links at the left to read staff and board member biographies, view our supporters and partner organizations, and learn about any current career and internship opportunities.
Models for Change
Working to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice systems.