The Juvenile Justice Institute at NCCU was established in 1999 by the General Assembly (Senate Bill 399). Located within the Department of Criminal Justice, JJI was founded to promote the exchange of information and human resource development to help facilitate prevention of juvenile crime and delinquency.
To influence juvenile justice policy and practice by providing and supporting quality research, information, and technical assistance to juvenile serving agencies, policy makers, the juvenile justice research community, and community stakeholders.
To serve as an interdisciplinary hub for students, faculty, and staff that shapes the juvenile justice platform through sharing of ideas, generating scholarship, pursuing funding opportunities, and collaborating with local and state leadership and community stakeholders. Productivity, efficiency, and transparency are guiding principles of the JJI.
Lorraine C. Taylor, PhD- Executive Director
Dr. Lorraine C. Taylor became Executive Director of JJI in July of 2016. A researcher, former faculty member, and program developer, she brings nearly 20 years of professional experience to this position. She earned a B.S. degree from Howard University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her work is guided by a risk and resilience perspective that focuses on promoting success for young people with limited economic and social resources. Her work emphasizes a “systems” perspective that focuses on how institutional, community, family, and individual-level risk and protective factors operate in shaping outcomes for marginalized, underrepresented youth. During her career, Dr. Taylor supervised undergraduate and graduate students (including Masters and Ph.D. students) and she remains dedicated to serving the needs of students at NCCU. She has also worked in private industry, as well as in the Durham community, where she directed an initiative on “opportunity youth” that brought together community stakeholders, the non-profit sector, and local government. She is a successful grant writer and program director. She has published research on topics such academic socialization, parenting in the context of economic hardship, and promoting social and emotional competence for boys of color. Dr. Taylor’s diverse research background and strong interdisciplinary experience will be useful in building relationships between JJI and other departments on campus, as well as fostering collaborations with regional, state, and national partners in the JJI community.
Jonathan W. Glenn serves as the Associate Project Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Augustine’s University, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University. Mr. Glenn is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Behavioral Science at Nova Southeastern University. His professional experience includes university faculty appointments, research methodology development and statistical analysis, as well as community engagement efforts with local youth programs. A Raleigh, North Carolina Native, Mr. Glenn is passionate about juvenile justice related issues. His areas of research specialization include Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), the school to prison pipeline, and Race and Criminal Justice. Mr. Glenn is excited to have the opportunity to return home to NCCU to work within the JJI, as he aims to produce scholarly research that leads to social change.