Juvenile Justice Research Institute

The Florida A&M University Juvenile Justice Research Institute (FAMU JJRI) is committed to reducing the overrepresentation of minority youth entering, or at-risk of entering, the juvenile justice system by developing and advocating the use of research driven best practices in prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare/re-entry services.

In the near future the institute will become a nationally recognized leader in research based program development and collaborative initiatives that address the diverse and complex issues of youth, families, schools and communities with major emphasis on minority youth.
The initiatives of the Institute are to:
• Increase minority researchers in the area of juvenile justice prevention and best practices.
• Support University endeavors and projects on juvenile justice.
• Assist the University’s academic units by providing a venue for students to work closely with faculty researchers and scholars to attain the necessary skills to be more competitive in the job market.
• Develop research based programs and collaborative projects that address the diverse and complex issues of minority youth and their families, schools and communities.
• Serve as a local, state, regional and national resource/clearinghouse for juvenile justice professionals and practitioners.

The following areas are the key areas upon which the Institute focuses:
Policy Analysis
Community Empowerment
Diversity Issues

FAMU JJRI is governed by the following core values:
• Pursue Pioneering Research. Conduct strategic and significant research that will better inform juvenile justice policy and fiscal decisions.
• Encourage Best Practices. Analyze the interpretation and application of existing and/ or proposed juvenile justice policies and offer recommendations.
• Care About Families and Youths. Advocate on behalf of youth, their families, schools and communities through developing and disseminating information regarding the diverse needs of the identified population.
• Empower Communities. Empower the community to develop and implement model programs and policies.
• Advocate for Equitability. Examine issues of diversity to identify and develop corrective actions for addressing inequitable representation of minorities in the juvenile justice system.
• Support Stakeholders. Identify, develop, provide, and evaluate training offered to all stakeholders.
• Maintain Institutional Integrity. Treat our partners and stakeholders with responsiveness and respect, which are considered our fundamental components of service. 
In collaboration with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)  and four other Florida Institutions of higher learning, the goal of the FAMU JJRI is to assess, via the individual, families, schools, and communities, the “What” (causes) and the “Why” (unknowns; what we’re hoping to discover) of the overrepresentation of minorities in Florida’s Juvenile Justice System. Upon these discoveries FAMU JJRI will make data-driven recommendations for solutions and strategies to address these findings, and  select from these recommendations, the most efficient, effective, and fiscally sound strategies to target as best practices. These best practices will be evaluated to determine their value in preventing delinquency on the front and back end of the system. Based on the evaluation results, FAMU JJRI will recommend new policies and amendments regulating Florida’s Juvenile Justice System, and create a model for national replications, thereby proclaiming Florida a national leader in juvenile justice prevention strategies.

Participation in Institute research projects and educational endeavors is open to Florida A&M University faculty, visiting scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, students from diverse disciplines and underrepresented populations; faculty and students of our partnering educational institutions; and other business and social service partners and collaborators.

• Bethune Cookman University
• Edwards Waters College
• Florida Memorial University
• Florida Atlantic University
• Powerful Education Technologies, LLC
• Tampa Bay Academy of Hope
For Stakeholders 
• Research
• Evaluation Research
• Strategic Planning
• Diversity Training
• Conference, Event Planning  and Evaluations
• Organization Development
• Sensitivity Training
• Statistical Assistance
• Grant Proposal Writing 
• Collaborations
• Policy Analysis
• Data Collection and Analysis
• Intergroup Relations
• Lectures, Training Seminars and Workshops
For Youth
In collaboration with Powerful Education
Technologies, a FAMU JJRI Partner
• Student Workbooks
• Instructor Manuals
• Supplemental Computer Learning Modules
• Student Workshops and Assemblies
• Peer Mentoring
• Staff Training Sessions
• Synthetic Situational Learning Environment
• Individual Growth and Development Planning
• Career Preparation

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Phyllis Gray-Ray, Executive Director
FAMU Juvenile Justice Research Institute
1610 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The Commons Building, Suite 105
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Phone: 850.412.5978
Email: phyllis.grayray@famu.edu

Contact Info

1601 S. Martin Luther King Blvd
The Commons, Suite 105
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: 850.412.5978
F: 850.412.7303