The Center has several current and past research projects and partnerships.
Reentry Mentoring Initiative:
The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, or SVORI, is a federal initiative offered by the Arkansas Division of Youth Services to target, identify, and reintegrate adjudicated juveniles who are high risk offenders back into the community. DYS has partnered with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Juvenile Justice Center to provide these juveniles with mentors who will facilitate their reintegration out of DYS facilities and back into their communities. Once the mentors are selected, they begin their internship by attending a series of mandatory trainings, after which all mentors are required to spend at least one hour of face to face contact time a week with their mentees while in the facilities and a minimum of two hours a week of face to face contact time once the mentees are released back into the community. Upon successful completion of the internship, mentors receive three academic credits.
Juvenile Crime Analysis:
The Center has a sub-grant with the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Youth Services to conduct a statewide juvenile crime analysis. Results of this study will be used to help develop and revise the three year plan for the Arkansas Division of Youth Services.
Disproportionate Minority Contact:
The Center is dedicated to research and policy analysis designed to eliminate the impact of juvenile justice on minorities.