Provide research, technical assistance and information to juvenile justice, non-profit, and social service agencies to influence juvenile justice policy. Research and disseminate information about best practices in the field. Serve as a resource to the academic community, providing information about current juvenile programs and practices. Provide technical assistance and training to enhance the development and expansion of community-based programs. Evaluate the effectiveness of juvenile justice programs. Survey the public and special interest groups about the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in North Carolina.
Dr. Meredith Weinstein is the Associate Project Director with the Juvenile Justice Institute at North Carolina Central University. She received her BA majoring in Political Science and Politics, Philosophy and Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She went on to earn an MPA and subsequently a PhD in Public Administration with concentrations in the Administration of Justice and Research Methodology from North Carolina State University. She conducted research on Public Perceptions of Law Enforcement, Correctional Bootcamps, Prison Privatization, Day Treatment, and Parental Involvement. Upon completion of her PhD she served as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety providing management consulting services to executive management. She then went on to become the Academic Auditor for Wake County Public Schools where she audited a number of programs including student suspension. Dr. Weinsteins research interests include juvenile crime prevention, early intervention programs, school based programs, juvenile alcohol and substance abuse, and mental health treatment.