The Mission of the Juvenile Justice Institution (JJI) is to influence juvenile justice policy and practices by providing research, technical assistance and information about resources to juvenile justice and related agencies and the community-at-large.
Goals & Objectives
The primary goal of the Institute is the promotion and exchange of information and resource development that will facilitate the prevention, intervention and reduction of juvenile crime in North Carolina through the use of the following:
History and Background
The Juvenile Justice Institute was established and funded by the General Assembly (Senate Bill 399) in March of 1999 at North Carolina Central University in the Department of Criminal Justice. Its purpose was to help improve juvenile justice in North Carolina.
The Institute commenced operation in January 2000 when Gwendolyn Chunn, who had been the director of the Division of Youth Services for North Carolina, was hired as its first executive director.
The Institute's staff has responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Institute. Graduate students assigned to the Institute assist other staff members with academic and administrative duties. The Institute collaborates with visiting faculty from other departments and agencies on projects of mutual interest and benefit to augment the work of its staff and graduate students. Visiting fellows are drawn from fields such as Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Economics, Public Administration, and Public Health. Fellows play active roles in research, training, and technical assistance projects within their areas of expertise.
Associate Project Director:
Marguerite D. Peebles
Jonathan Glen and Megan Parry
Areas of Concentration
• Policy Research
• Program Evaluation
• Training and Technical Assistance
• Information Dissemination