Our Work

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The Center for Children’s Law and Policy helps jurisdictions across the country create youth justice systems that are developmentally appropriate, free of racial and ethnic bias, and focused on building strengths that help youth avoid further involvement with the justice system.

Our staff members are engaged in reform efforts throughout the country. Since our founding in 2006, we have worked in dozens of cities, states, and counties 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. Our organization has played a central role in major foundation-funded reform initiatives, 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.

You can learn more about our current projects by following the links below.