Mississippi Juvenile Justice Research Consortium
The Mississippi Juvenile Justice Research Consortium is a collaboration between the Social Science Research Center of Mississippi State University, the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Jackson State University, the Division of Public Safety Planning, the Office of Justice Programs, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the Division of Youth Services, and the Youth Court Program of the Administrative Office of the Courts. The consortium is a response to the call for the creation of a centralized and comprehensive juvenile justice research center by the Mississippi Legislature Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditures Review (PEER). Funded by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, the consortium is designed to address the deficiencies in planning, research and evaluation capacity of Mississippi’s juvenile justice system and to establish an ongoing program of data collection and a repository of juvenile justice data within the Public Safety Data Laboratory at the SSRC. Information collected from youth courts and other juvenile justice agencies will be analyzed by project scientists and used to develop reports on Mississippi juvenile crime statistics and related juvenile justice issues.