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About Us

Find out about the mission and purpose of the Office of Research and Data Integrity.

Sherry L Jackson, MSW, Ph.D.

Director, Research and Data Integrity

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
2737 Centerview Drive, Suite 1200
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3100

(850) 717-2631

Our Mission

Our mission is to gather data, analyze it, and provide high-value knowledge including trends, root causes, best practices, innovative ideas and recommendations to guide the Department in its mission to reduce juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention, and treatment services.


The Office of Research and Data Integrity is responsible for informing the Department's leadership, as well as the public, on the effectiveness of all juvenile justice activities funded by the State of Florida. Research analysts are responsible for answering day-to-day operation, data or research-related questions posed by the Department's leadership team as well as requests received from other critical stakeholders, such as the Governor's Office and Legislature. The Office of Research and Data Integrity responds to approximately 800 requests for research assistance from stakeholders and decision makers throughout Florida during any given year.

All research activities that involve contact with youth who interact with DJJ or access their data must be approved through the Institutional Review Board managed by the Office of Research and Data Integrity. In addition, data provided by the Office of Research and Data Integrity is used to guide the development of effective programs, assessments, and interventions, and mold the Department's strategy.

Each year, the Office of Research and Data Integrity releases a series of reports and analyses that can be used to assess delinquency throughout Florida, as well as the State's prevention and intervention activities. The Office of Research and Data Integrity also maintains more current data, available on this website, that allow users an interactive platform by which to answer basic questions regarding Department-involved youth and various policy initiatives. To accomplish these tasks, staff uses data and information from the Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS), which is one of the largest state-operated juvenile justice databases in the United States. JJIS currently contains detailed delinquency and placement information for over one million youth dating back to the year 2000. Data Integrity Officers throughout the state ensure that the data in JJIS is accurate and provide training to thousands of Department and contracted provider staff.



The Roadmap to System Excellence explains the agency’s immediate and long-range plans. 

The State Epidemiology workgroup is a good source for research related to substance abuse.