Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
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Mission Statement: The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Section (JJDS) of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) brings together academy members with a particular interest in juvenile justice and delinquency. Our goals are:


1. To facilitate and encourage research and theoretical development related to these interests;

2. To promote communication between academics and practitioners in regard to research and theory; and,

3. To encourage organization of conference sessions related to juvenile justice and delinquency.

Member Benefits: The Section website and email list-serv is our clearinghouse for exchanges of ideas among faculty, practitioners, and agency members. Together we shape the industry, assist one another with the latest research data, news and information, as well as career opportunities and mentoring.  Additionally as a member of the Section, you have the opportunity to participate in elections and/or seek Office to serve on the Section Executive Board.  We are also working to update our Section newsletter, where members can submit materials for inclusion in the circular; click here to view the Spring 2019 Issue the Newsletter.  Plus, members are invited to attend our annual reception hosted by the Section during the time of the ACJS Annual Meeting - https://www.acjs.org/page/Overview2020AM. The Section-sponsored reception has been extremely popular throughout the years and provides additional opportunities to network and make friends within the discipline. For many, networking with other professionals in the field has become invaluable.


Membership: To join the section, current ACJS members should send a request to receive an invoice, which you can pay by check or credit card to the National Office at manager@acjs.org; Non-members of ACJS first join ACJS via the Membership page - https://www.acjs.org/page/MembershipInfo and add the JJDS as a Section option before you check-out and pay.


If anyone knows of a student (undergraduate or graduate) who would be interested in networking with other juvenile justice and delinquency scholars, practitioners, and agencies, please encourage him/her to become a member of the Section.


Section membership dues are $20 annually; for students, membership is only $10.00 annually.


Be sure to routinely update your member profile, particularly if you change your email address or institution, to ensure you receive current news and information from the Section!


We also continuously update our Facebook page, so please check it out at: https://www.facebook.com/ACJS-Juvenile-Justice-Section-141947529203971 and don't forget to "Like" and share our page with your friends and colleagues.


We look forward to having you as a member!                           


Executive Board

Chair: Dr. Sherill Morris-Francis, Mississippi Valley State University
Vice Chair:  Kimberly Meyer, Central Connecticut State University
Immediate Past Chair: Dr. Marika Dawkins, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Secretary/Treasurer: Mr. Steven M. Dyer, Thomas College
Executive Counselor: Dr. Robin D. Jackson, Prairie View A& M University
Executive Counselor: Dr. Rochelle E. McGee-Cobbs, Mississippi Valley State University
Executive Counselor: Dr. J. Renee Trombley, Claflin University


Section Awards:


Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award: The ACJS Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Section is seeking nominations for the Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award. This $1,000 award, sponsored by the faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice at University of North Texas, recognizes the contributions of young scholars to the field of juvenile justice. Eligible candidates are young academics, who have been out of school for no more than seven years from the date of the nomination, and who have made significant contributions to the field of juvenile justice. For more information, please see https://www.acjs.org/page/SectionAwards.


2020 Winner - Dr. Valerie R. Anderson, University of Cincinnati



Past Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award Winners

2019  Dr. Dena Carson, IUPUI

2018 – Dr. Jennifer Peck, University of Central Florida

2017 – Dr. Riane Bolin, Radford University

2016 – Dr. David Pyrooz, University of Colorado Boulder

2015 – Dr. Christopher Melde, Michigan State University

2014 – Dr. Anthony Peguero, Virginia Tech University



2019 Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award Winner, Dr. Dena Carson with Dr. Nadine Connell, Immediate Past Chair

and Dr. Sherrill Morris-Francis, Vice Chair



Dr. Jennifer Peck, recipient of the 2018 Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award with

Dr. Nadine Connell, Immediate Past Chair


Student Paper Competition: All students currently enrolled full-time or part-time in an academic program at the M.A. or Ph.D. level are invited to enter the competition. All students entering the competition are required to present their paper at the Annual Meeting. Papers must be 15 to 20 pages, typewritten, double-spaced, using a standard format for the organization of papers and citations. Papers will be judged on the following criteria: content, style, quality of writing, and contribution to the field of juvenile justice. Papers in both the M.A. and Ph.D. divisions will receive monetary awards as well as certificates. Students will also be acknowledged at the ACJS Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Section (JJDS) reception. For more information, please see https://www.acjs.org/page/SectionAwards.


2020 Student Paper Award Winners:

1st place— Sultan Altikriti, University of Cincinnati
2nd place---Heather Prince, George Mason University
3rd place--- Myunghyun Choi, Southern Illinois University

Past Student Paper Award Winners

2019 – Cheryl L. Johnson, University of Cincinnati

2018 – Cherrell S. Green, University of Missouri – St. Louis

2017 – Samuel Adjorlolo – City University of Hong Kong

2016 – Vacant

2015 – Turgut Ozkan – University of Texas at Dallas




2019 Student Paper Award Winner, Ms. Cheryl L. Johnson with Dr. Sherrill Morris-Francis, Vice Chair



Section Annual Meeting Executive Board 2019 



Introduction of the 2019 Section Executive Board at the Annual Meeting



Section Networking Reception 2019






Section Networking Reception 2018



Section News: Please be sure to log into your ACJS account to receive all Section news and updates. 


For questions or comments about the Section or this webpage, please email Marika Dawkins, marika.dawkins@utrgv.edu.