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Patrick Griffin is a Program Officer for Juvenile Justice in U.S. Programs.
Before joining the Foundation, he was a writer, researcher, legal analyst, and director of projects for the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), where he became a national authority on comparative legal analysis of state transfer and blended sentencing laws. His research and writings ranged over the whole field of juvenile justice: he directed evaluations of a statewide delinquency grant funding initiative in Pennsylvania and a state-administered dependency attorney-procurement system in Maryland; served as principal investigator on a study of jurisdictional change options commissioned by the state of Vermont; co-edited a nationally-used juvenile probation practice guidebook; and had a lead role in planning, monitoring, assessing and documenting the multi-state Models for Change juvenile justices systems reform initiative.
Griffin began his career as an attorney, and before joining NCJJ had practical experience as an editor of business-oriented legal publications and as a freelance journalist whose essays, profiles, and general-interest reporting appeared in magazines and newspapers nationwide.
Griffin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Patrick Griffin works on the following MacArthur programs and projects: