Roy Juncker Honored as Champion for Change in Juvenile Justice Reform

December 7, 2010

Will Be Recognized at National Meeting of MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative

New Orleans, LA – Roy L. Juncker Jr. is being honored by the MacArthur Foundation-supported Models for Change juvenile justice systems reform initiative as a Champion for Change for his work as Director of the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services. He is being recognized at the Fifth Annual Models for Change national conference in Washington, D.C. this week for his work to transform the Department of Juvenile Services in Jefferson into a model system offering progressive and effective probation and treatment programs. Juncker will join honorees from the other three states participating in the initiative – Washington, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.

In addition to his role as director for the Jefferson Parish’s Department of Juvenile Services, Juncker serves as chairman of Jefferson’s Children & Youth Planning Board and is also the local project director for Models for Change. Under Juncker’s leadership, Jefferson Parish has become one of only two Models for Change grant sites in Louisiana that handles all three of Louisiana’s targeted areas of improvement: alternatives to formal processing and secure placement, evidence-based community services and disproportionate minority contact.

Juncker’s department has been the foundation for Models for Change efforts in Jefferson Parish, which in turn serves as a model site for Louisiana. Jefferson Parish’s Department of Juvenile Services has been successful not only in tripling funding for evidence-based practices, but also in establishing the use of standardized objective screening and assessment instruments. Juncker has implemented these changes without new resources, only more cost-effective use of his agency’s existing funds.

“The Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services’ Models for Change grant, under the leadership of Roy Juncker and the Jefferson Parish Youth Planning Board, is one of the success stories of the program,” said Debra DePrato, Director of Louisiana Models for Change. “Roy inspires others through his leadership, vision, energy and support of the core values of the Models for Change Initiative.”

Models for Change is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s $140 million national initiative to reform juvenile justice across the country. Sixteen states are now involved – four working on a range of state and local reforms, and 12 as part of three action networks focusing on reducing racial and ethnic disparities, disproportionate minority contact, mental health, and now, juvenile indigent defense. “Juvenile justice leaders seek our Roy because of his ability to implement lasting yet cost-effective changes,” said DePrato. “He gladly spends time with others interested in duplicating Jefferson Parish results. He wants others to be Champions too.

About Louisiana Models for Change

Louisiana was selected for the Models for Change initiative because of the progress it has made since the 1990s in improving its juvenile justice system and the commitment of its state and local leadership to building on this momentum. The Louisiana Models for Change initiative supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation focuses on system reforms in three major areas: alternatives to formal processing, evidence-based community services and disproportionate minority contact.

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