JJI also partners with policymakers, practitioners and criminal justice faculty to explore the most effective and practical juvenile justice strategies and programs. The Institute encourages the development of future criminal justice professionals by providing university students with unique educational and research opportunities.
The Juvenile Reentry project is a service learning project that supplies community-based mentors for youth reentering Lancaster County from detention facilities. Mentors assist youth with transitioning back to the community, with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism.
JJI provides consultation and guidance regarding juvenile justice research in order to inform leaders and policymakers of current trends and needs in the juvenile justice system.
JJI continues to research and evaluate diversion services and alternatives to ensure positive outcomes for youth involved in the system, as well as assist in ongoing maintenance and development of the juvenile diversion case management system.