About the Tow Youth Justice Institute

The Tow Youth Justice Institute is part of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at University of New Haven.  As experts in the field of youth justice in the state and nationally, we are a resource to prepare the next generation of change agents through experiential education and leadership development, and to advise policy-makers and service providers through its role as the research partner to the State of Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee.

Primary Goals of the Tow Youth Justice Institute

1. A transformational leadership development program, designed for mid-level leaders from public and private agencies and organizations, to create a network of individuals trained to sustain youth justice reform efforts.

2. Expanded undergraduate and graduate curricula at the University of New Haven to broaden course offerings and support the formation of a strong, innovative youth justice program and future workforce.

3. Increased opportunities for students to participate in youth justice internships and cooperative work experiences

4. Research and evaluation, training, planning and policy development in order to integrate evidence-based practices and programs in the youth justice system.


From left, Dr. Henry C. Lee; Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman; Leonard Tow, Founder & Chair, Board of Trustees, Tow Foundation; Emily Tow Jackson, President, Tow Foundation; President Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D., University of New Haven; Dean Mario T. Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.