The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), located in
Pittsburgh, PA. is the research division of the National Council of
Juvenile and Family Court Judges and is the oldest juvenile justice
research group in the United States, having conducted national and sub
national studies on crime and delinquency since 1973. NCJJ was founded by the Honorable Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., who served as a juvenile court judge for many years, then was appointed to the Federal Court in Pennsylvania's Western District, and retired from the Federal bench in 2016.
NCJJ is a private,
non-profit organization whose mission is effective justice for children and
families through research and technical assistance. For four decades,
NCJJ has conducted research and provided objective, factual information
that professionals and decision makers in the juvenile and family
justice system use to increase effectiveness.
stems from a unique blend of technical skill and practical experience
that has enabled us to make complex research and statistical information
understood by juvenile justice professionals and decision
NCJJ’s Board of Fellows, a diverse group of dedicated
judges, researchers, providers, and justice system professionals, inform
our work and guide our decision-making. In addition to our funded
projects, we also maintain a Research Endowment that was established by local foundations and is used to support worthy research
efforts that would otherwise not be possible.
We value staff who are independent, creative, tenacious, resourceful, dependable, and passionate about their work
Visit our Looking Back: Looking Forward Series page to see what NCJJ has accomplished over the last 40 years.