Press Room

MYSI In The News, On The Radio
& Related Articles

New York City Could be a Leader in Juvenile Justice Reform
Zach Williams

But first the city has to implement Raise the Age legislation on time.Read Story »

Jail is no place for Maine?s at-risk youth.
Seth Levy

There is a better model for juvenile justice.Read Story »

Another Study Shows Juvenile Jails, Like Long Creek in Maine, Are Ineffective
Susan Sharon

Echoing the findings shared at a juvenile justice summit in Maine last Fall...Read Story »

Closing Maine's Embattled Youth Prison 'Not So Simple'
Jake Bleiberg

The advocates calling to close Maine?s youth prison and the people who run it agree ...Read Story »

Assaults down by nearly half as reforms take hold in Colorado youth lock-up centers
Jennifer Brown

Critics say some centers ?still have unacceptably high levels? of violenceRead Story »

Facing problems, Missouri revamped juvenile justice
John Diedrich

State becomes model for reform nationwideRead Story »

Dark secrets of Florida juvenile justice: ?honey-bun hits,? illicit sex, cover-ups
Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burch

The boys had just returned to Module 9 of the Miami juvenile lockup from the dining hall when one of them hit Elord Revolte high and hardRead Story »

Juvenile Justice Reform: Making the "Missouri Model" an American Model
Marian Wright Edelman

The state of Missouri has created a juvenile justice system ...Read Story »


ST. LOUIS, Mo. ? VonErrick celebrated his 14th birthday last year by committing a daylight carjacking, beating the driver to the ground. With... Read Story ?

The Right Model for Juvenile Justice -

With the prisons filled to bursting, state governments are desperate for ways to keep more people from committing crimes and ending up behind bars.... Read Story ?

Charity Works to Transform Lives by Transforming Youth-Correctional Facilities -

Laurel, Md.
The scene resembles a dormitory lounge: Half a dozen teenagers hover around a large television
screen in this brick resid... Read Story ?

On The Radio

WAMC Northeast Public Radio interview recorded live with Dr. Alan Chartock and Mark Steward -

Click here to listen.

Press Kit

Our Mission

To be a passionate advocate and systems change agent to support and develop the best juvenile justice system that is sustainable and based on promising/effective practices.

Printable Mission Statement »

Our Vision

A movement for the reform and transformation of the Juvenile Justice System nationwide in which all in the system are empowered (youth, families, staff, and community) to create and provide humane systems and programs and quality services to youth and their families.

Printable Vision »


"For anyone honestly seeking to transform their juvenile justice system from a correctional model to a positive youth development model, there is no group better than MYSI to help effect that change. MYSI staff truly understood the dynamics of making that kind of huge cultural change in an entrenched system. They handled their technical assistance/training/coaching role with great skill and sensitivity. We would be nowhere near as far along in our reform efforts without MYSI."

Director - Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services, 2005-2009 (Washington, D.C.)

"The basic logic of youth corrections is that if you treat young people like inmates, they'll act like prisoners. If you treat them like young people capable of being citizens, they'll much more likely act like citizens."

President of the National Council on Crime
and Delinquency


Missouri Youth Services Institute
1906 Hayselton Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Telephone: (573) 556-6155