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About the Juvenile Justice Institution


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 to promote the exchange of information to facilitate the prevention, community intervention and reduction of juvenile crime in North Carolina. To facilitate this exchange of information, the JJI will:

  • Compile and disseminate information about North Carolina and national best practices in the field.
  • Serve as a resource to the academic community, providing information about current programs and practices.
  • Provide technical assistance and training in generic program types for small, not-for-profit community groups.
  • Survey the public and special interest groups about juvenile justice program effectiveness.
  • Distribute a newsletter to inform those interested in juvenile justice about important juvenile issues.
  • Provide training opportunities for criminal justice majors.

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.

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