Four strategic states have been selected for their leadership and commitment to change, geographic diversity, differing needs and opportunities, and likelihood to influence reforms in other locations. An additional 12 states are involved in Models for Change through participation in action networks.
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Up to $10 million in grants will be awarded over a five-year period to support juvenile justice reform in each of four Models for Change states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, and Washington. The competitive process that selected these states took into account political and fiscal commitment to change, support for change both inside and outside the juvenile justice system, and the likelihood that reforms would influence change in other locations. States were chosen from different regions—with diverse traditions, political cultures, organizational structures, needs and challenges—to demonstrate system change from a range of starting points and under a variety of conditions. Work in each state is coordinated by a "lead entity," an organiztion who helps establish the reform agenda in collaboration with local sites and partners, and manages and monitors its implementaion.
In addition to the four core states, there are currently 12 partner states who are involved in the Models for Change initiative through participation in the Action Networks. (The four core states participate in all Action Networks.)