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Center for Children’s Law and Policy

Added Feb 2, 2009

1701 K Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006

Phone (202) 637-0377

The Center for Children’s Law and Policy is a public interest law and policy organization that works to reform juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children. Its mission is to protect these children and ensure that they receive the necessary support and services to become healthy, productive adults. CCLP is the successor to the Washington, D.C. office of the Youth Law Center.

As part of the Models for Change initiative, CCLP works to change policies and practices that contribute to the overrepresentation of minorities and disparities in their treatment throughout the juvenile justice system.

CCLP has worked to:

  • Raise awareness of the problem of minority overrepresentation in order to motivate change
  • Improve data collection and reporting practices,
  • Identify decision points in the process, from arrest to confinement and beyond, where differential treatment occurs,
  • Use the data to examine why and how disparate treatment occurs and what actions can reduce bias in decision making, and
  • Help implement the plans and monitor progress toward improved outcomes CCLP is preparing a report on promising approaches to juvenile justice reform in each of the Models for Change states.


Supported by

Models for Change was a juvenile justice systems reform initiative supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.