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.

NCJJ's success 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 makers.

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 the Scaife and McCune 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.