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OJJDP Mourns the Passing of E. Hunter Hurst, III E. Hunter Hurst

June 26, 2012

On June 19, 2012, E. Hunter Hurst, III, the founding Director of the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), passed away. Hurst was hired in 1973 as director and first employee of NCJJ in Pittsburgh. Over his nearly 35 years as director, Hurst guided the development of NCJJ from an independently funded research division of NCJFCJ to a nationally renowned research, policy development, and technical assistance organization serving agencies, judges, and court personnel.

A native of Mississippi, Hurst began his career in Louisiana as a juvenile probation officer and later as an intake supervisor in the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court. He moved into justice research, working for and eventually directing the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Survey and Planning Center in Austin, Texas, before moving with his family to Pittsburgh to found NCJJ.

Hurst is survived by his wife of 45 years, Suzanne, two children, Hunter IV (a research associate with NCJJ) and Jacob, and one grandchild, Hunter V.


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