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Mission Statement

For 20 years, the interdisciplinary JJR&R Lab has worked to promote best practices in the juvenile justice system by more closely aligning juvenile justice policies and procedures with adolescents' developmental capacities.


As a leader in the field of empirically driven juvenile justice reform, the JJR&R Lab seeks to improve juvenile justice policy and practice to produce better outcomes for youth-to prevent arrest, facilitate successful discharge from the system, and place youth on a more positive life trajectory. ​

All of the lab's work is conducted in collaboration with community partners-with courts and probation departments, police departments, school districts, human services agencies, treatment providers, district attorney and public defender offices, state agencies, legal advocacy organizations, youth, and families.

The JJR&R Lab drafts legal briefs and policy recommendations to stimulate scientifically based legislative and practice reform meant to protect the rights and well-being of youth involved with the justice system while also enhancing community safety.

​The reach of the lab's work spans from local to global, with ongoing research and reform work performed at local, state, national, and international levels.


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