About the Tow Youth Justice Institute

About the Tow Youth Justice InstitutePrior to the establishment of the Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven, there were no organizations in the State of Connecticut, and only a few in the nation, dedicated to youth justice issues based on a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, research-driven model to address this important subject.

The University of New Haven, founded in 1920, emphasizes experiential education, academic service-learning, work integrated learning, and faculty-mentored research for its 6,400 undergraduate and graduate students. The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences has more than 50 faculty members with expertise in youth violence, adult and juvenile corrections, victimology, law enforcement, legal studies, forensic psychology and more. Many faculty members are former or current practitioners representing every aspect of the criminal justice system.

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Primary Goals of the Tow Youth Justice Institute

    1. A “leadership training program” targeting law enforcement and key staff in public and private agencies to create a core group of individuals trained in youth justice and child protection reform who are committed to its sustainment.
    2. Expanded graduate and undergraduate curriculums at the University of New Haven to broaden course offerings and support the formation of a strong, innovative youth justice program and provide a national model for dissemination to other universities.
    3. Increased opportunities for students to participate in youth justice internships and cooperative work experiences in collaboration with state, local and private agencies.
    4. Research and evaluation services, providing evidence-based program development assistance to public and private agencies in the youth justice system.

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1076 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

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