Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice
Contains reports and data on topics including crime and victims; prosecution, courts and sentencing; and special topics such as drugs and crime, homicide trends, firearms and crime and reentry trends.
Commission on Immigration, American Bar Association
The ABA established the commission in 2002 to direct its efforts ensuring fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees in the United States. The commission works extensively on legal issues affecting immigrant families and children. The ABA’s Center on Children and the Law
is also a good resource.
Corrections Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice
Includes statistics on capital punishment, jails, prisons, probation and parole.
FedStats offers a full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. The Crime page offers links to other government sources for crime and justice stats.
Juvenile Justice: National Criminal Justice Reference Service
, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
The site features data, trends and reports on topics such as adjudication of juvenile cases, crime in schools, female juvenile delinquents, gangs, curfews, juvenile sex offenders and more.
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
NACJD facilitates and encourages research in criminal justice through computerized data sources and training in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data.
National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, American Prosecutors Research Institute
The Center publishes updates on new legislation, case law and relevant news about criminal child abuse investigations and prosecutions.
National Juvenile Court Data Archive, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice
The National Juvenile Court Data Archive houses the automated records of cases handled by courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The archive was established to promote access to automated juvenile court data sets for juvenile justice research and policymaking efforts.
State Assessments, National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)
The National Juvenile Defender Center conducts state-based assessments of access to and quality of juvenile defense counsel. These reports are part of a nationwide effort to improve juvenile indigent defense across the country. The assessments provide comprehensive examinations of the systemic and institutional barriers that prevent lawyers from providing adequate legal services to indigent children within a particular state legal system.
State Data on Juvenile Justice (NJDC), National Juvenile Defender Center
This page features statutes, court rules and other policies related to juvenile justice on topics such as rules for transfer to adult court; ages of juvenile court jurisdiction; and rates of disproportionate minority confinement.
David Altschuler Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist
Institute for Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Wyman Building, 3400 N. Charles St., Room 548
Baltimore, MD 21218
Altschuler’s work focuses on juvenile crime and justice system sanctioning, juvenile aftercare and parole, offender reentry, privatization in juvenile corrections, and drug involvement and crime among inner-city youth. He was director and co-principal investigator for a federally funded project that developed a model of intensive aftercare for high-risk juvenile parolees released from secure correctional facilities.
Lisa Amaya-Jackson Ph.D., Associate Director
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Duke University Medical School
Durham, NC 27710
919.682.1552, Ext. 253; firstname.lastname@example.org
Amaya-Jackson also is an assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the medical school. Her research involves psychological trauma and exposure to violence -- particularly risk factors, protective factors and treatment effects. She's interested in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for children and adolescents with post-traumatic stress disorder and related problems. The traumatic stress center, a joint program of Duke and UCLA, coordinates the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Craig Anderson Ph.D.
, Center for the Study of Violence
Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University
W112 Lagomarcino Hall
Ames, IA 50011-3180
Anderson’s main research interests are in social and personality psychology, with a strong emphasis on cognitive psychology. His studies include depression, loneliness, shyness and aggression. Most of his current research focuses on aggression and its relationship to media violence, particularly that in movies and video games.
Troy Armstrong Ph.D., Director, Center for Delinquency and Crime Policy Studies, Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento
7750 College Town Drive, Suite 208
Sacramento, CA 95826
Armstrong directs the center, and he's co-principal investigator on the Intensive Juvenile Aftercare Project funded by federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It's a research-based approach to transitioning youth from confinement back into the community. Armstrong researches restitution and community service; intensive probation; and community-based alternatives to formal justice system processing.
Richard Barth Ph.D., Dean
School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore
525 W. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Barth's research interests include child abuse and neglect, foster care dynamics, adoption policy, shared family care, program evaluation and linkages between child welfare and juvenile justice services. He's the co-author of several books, including "Evidence for Child Welfare Policy Reform" (2005) and is co-principal investigator of the National Study of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. He has received numerous awards and was a senior Fulbright specialist in Australia in 2006.
Fred Berlin M.D., Associate Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
104 East Biddle Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Berlin is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic and director of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma. In his clinical practice, Berlin specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adults and adolescents with psychosexual disorders including pedophilia, voyeurism and exhibitionism. He also treats patients suffering from sexual trauma. Berlin's published research has focused on reducing sexual offenses through cognitive-behavioral therapies and medication.
Donna Bishop Ph.D., Professor
College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
204 Churchill Hall
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Bishop specializes in juvenile justice policy and practice, including the transfer of juveniles to criminal courts; juvenile detention reform; assessment and treatment of juvenile offenders; and the role of race, gender and place in justice processing and outcomes.
Bruce Boyer, Director & Clinical Professor
Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, Loyola University
25 E. Pearson St., Room 1120
Chicago, IL 60611
Boyer directs the clinic, a pediatric law office in which Loyola students learn skills to represent children and advocate for clients. Boyer focuses primarily on child maltreatment issues and has represented clients in a wide range of proceedings, including child welfare, juvenile delinquency, special education and disability hearings. Boyer has litigated, taught, consulted and written extensively in the area of child abuse and neglect. He has been appointed to the new Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
Melissa J. Brymer, Program Director
Terrorism and Disaster Programs, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
310.235.2633 ext. 227; email@example.com
Brymer, a licensed clinical psychologist, oversees both the School Intervention Work Group and the TDB Task Forces of the NCTSN. Brymer carried out one of the first systematic school-wide psychological needs assessments conducted after a school shooting.
David Burton MSW, Assistant Professor
School for Social Work, Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Burton has studied sexual aggression for more than 15 years, primarily in children and adolescents. He researches the trauma and etiology of child, adolescent and adult sexual abusers, including effectiveness of treatment for adolescent sexual abusers. Since 2001, Burton has served on the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers' executive board and served as chair of ATSA's education and training committee.
Jeffrey Butts Ph.D., Executive Director
Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York
555 West 57th Street, Suite 605
New York, NY 10019
Butts is a former Chapin Hall Research Fellow, and professor in the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Since 1991, he has managed more than $8 million of funded research, including projects on teen courts, juvenile drug courts, substance abuse treatment and juvenile court processing. He also directed the Urban Institute's Program on Youth Justice. Earlier, he was a researcher with the National Center for Juvenile Justice in Pittsburgh. For more information click here.
Michael Carlie Ph.D., Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804
Carlie is a specialist in criminology/criminal justice, focusing on corrections, law enforcement and juvenile delinquency -- particularly street gangs. He has been a consultant to police departments and to the Missouri and Indiana departments of corrections. Carlie is the author of "Into the Abyss: A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs" (self-published, 2002) and has taught for six years in a large state penitentiary.
Joetta L. Carr Ph.D., Professor
University Counseling & Testing Center, Western Michigan University
2513 Faunce Student Services Bldg.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Joetta L. Carr, Ph.D., is a professor at the University Counseling Center at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where she counsels students, conducts research and trains doctoral interns. She has published articles and book chapters in the areas of campus violence, risk factors for sexually aggressive college men, group treatment for rape survivors and support groups for Asian women students. Carr is currently working on a book about rape as a tool of terror. She is chair of both the mental health section of the American College Health Association and the Campus Violence Taskforce. Carr has a doctorate in psychology from Florida State University.
Stephen John Ceci Ph.D., Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology, Cornell University
M Van Rensselaer Hall, Room G80
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ceci’s expertise is child witness research, particularly the accuracy of children's memory and courtroom testimony in regard to allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. His studies of children's suggestibility detailed in his 1995 APA bestselling book, "Jeopardy in the Courtroom: A Scientific Analysis of Children's Testimony," have been cited by courts at all levels. In addition to conducting scientific research, Ceci prepares curriculum to assist judges in assessing children's competence; delivers workshops for judges, mental health and law enforcement professionals across the U.S. and Canada; and conducts translational research for the legal community on child witness issues.
Mark Chaffin, Director of Research
Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
P.O. Box 26901, CHO 3B3406
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
The Center on Child Abuse and Neglect conducts research in several areas related to child maltreatment. These include research on child abuse fatalities in Oklahoma, children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems and their caregivers, physically abusive parents and their children, drug effected infants and their mothers, Family Preservation and Family Support programs in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Children's Services programs statewide, and prevention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in children. Chaffin has studied children with sexual behavior problems for nearly 25 years.
Meda Chesney-Lind Ph.D., Professor of Women's Studies
Women's Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
Chesney-Lind researches girls’ delinquency and women’s crime. She has studied women’s imprisonment; youth gangs; the sociology of gender with an emphasis on women and systems of social control; and the victimization of women and girls. Her recent books include “Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment” (New Press, 2002) and “Beyond Bad Girls: Gender, Violence and Hype” (Routledge, 2007).
Joseph Cocozza Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Policy Research Associates, Inc.
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
345 Delaware Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054
Cocozza is vice president for research with Policy Research Associates Inc. (PRA). He has worked on a number of projects, including a national survey of pre-trial forensic evaluations, a multi-site study of welfare reform and an assessment of comprehensive approaches to child and family services. Cocozza is director of the recently established National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, located within PRA, which promotes awareness of and develops programs regarding the mental health needs of youth in the juvenile justice system. Cocozza also directs a national study, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, to determine the prevalence rates and mental health service needs of justice-involved youth. He has co-directed The National GAINS Center for People with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System, focused on improving the systems responsible for people with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Cocozza also directs the coordinating center for the federally supported, nine-site Women and Violence Study.
Rebecca Collins Ph.D., Senior Behavioral Scientist; Director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
1700 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
310.393.0411, Ext. 7247; firstname.lastname@example.org
Collins studies health risk behavior. She examines associations between exposure to sexual content on television and adolescent sexual attitudes and behavior, the effects of alcohol advertising on underage drinking and substance use and sexual risk behavior of young adults of people with HIV.
David Corwin M.D., Child Psychiatrist
Primary Children's Medical Center
University of Utah
100 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Dr. Corwin is board certified in psychiatry, child psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He directed a treatment program for sexually abused children and their families. He founded and chaired the Los Angeles Task Force on Interviewing Sexually Abused Children. He evaluates and reviews cases involving concerns about child sexual abuse, child custody and visitation, psychological trauma, and professional practice in these areas.
Delores E. Craig-Moreland Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Program, Wichita State University
311 Lindquist Hall
Wichita, KS 67260
Craig-Moreland researches juvenile justice, juvenile corrections and delinquency prevention. She has done various forms of applied research with the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority.
Angela Diaz M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Preventive Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
320 East 94th St., Second Floor
New York, NY 10128
Diaz is the program and research director of Mount Sinai's Adolescent Health Center. She is also director of Health Services for the Children’s Aid Society in New York City and is active in adolescent health advocacy and policy in the United States. Dr. Diaz's practice and policy work is focused on providing comprehensive mental and primary health services to trauma-affected adolescents. She has published numerous articles on topics such as child and adolescent sexual abuse, adolescents' access to health care and health services for immigrants.
Thomas Dishion Ph.D., Founder and Co-director
Child and Family Center, University of Oregon
195 West 12th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
Dishion's interests include understanding the development of antisocial behavior and substance abuse in children and adolescents, as well as designing effective interventions and prevention programs. He is also a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oregon. He has published a book for parents on family management, and two books for professionals working with troubled children and their families.
Kenneth A. Dodge Ph.D., Director
Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University
302 Towerview Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0545
Dodge, the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy Studies, directs the center, which aims to solve problems facing children by bringing together policy makers, practitioners and scholars from many disciplines. It's addressing issues of early childhood adversity, education policy reform and youth violence and problem behaviors. Dodge was a principal investigator on the Fast Track project, a federally funded longitudinal study of youth from age 8 to young adulthood to identify early risk factors for adolescent disorders, particularly involvement in violence and antisocial behavior. His other interests include education policy, child maltreatment and the science of child and adolescent development.
Bernardine Dohrn, Director, Children & Family Justice Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University
Law Legal Clinic
375 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Dohrn is the center's founding director and a clinical associate professor of law. She teaches, lectures and writes about children's law and justice as well as the international human rights. Dohrn was a member of the Expert Work Group for the Adoption 2002 Project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Domestic Violence Child Abuse Working Group of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the steering committee of the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Committee. In the late 1960s, Dohrn was a member of the radical Weathermen group, which plotted against the U.S. government.
Steven Drizin, Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions; Associate Director, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
357 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Drizin teaches criminal law to first-year law students and supervises second- and third-year students in representing children and adolescents in the juvenile and criminal courts of Cook County, Ill. He has written numerous articles and op-ed pieces on juvenile justice-related matters, including false confessions, videotaping interrogations, the juvenile death penalty and the efficacy of prosecuting children as adults.
Felton Earls Ph.D., Professor of Human Behavior and Development
Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health
1430 Massachusetts Ave., College House,
Cambridge, MA 02138
Among his work, Dr. Earls is the scientific co-director of the Project on Human Development
in Chicago Neighborhoods, a longitudinal interdisciplinary study aimed at understanding the causes and pathways of juvenile delinquency, adult crime, substance abuse and violence.
Delbert Elliott Ph.D., Director
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309
Delbert Elliott, Ph.D., is director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also is professor of sociology and director of the university’s Program on Problem Behavior. In 2001, Elliott was senior science editor for Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General, and was presented the Public Health Service Medallion for Distinguished Service by then-U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. He has directed a series of longitudinal studies focusing on youth, delinquency and violence. He has published five books including “Violence in American Schools” (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and is editor of Blueprints for Violence Prevention, a series of monographs describing model violence, drug and delinquency prevention programs. Elliott is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology and was the society’s president from 1992 to 1993. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona College, and master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Washington.
Martha Farrell Erickson Ph.D., Founder and Director
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program, University of Minnesota
University Gateway, Suite 270A
200 Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455
A former senior fellow with and director of the Children, Youth and Family Consortium
(CYFC), Erikson co-chairs the Presidential Initiative on Children, Youth & Families and spearheaded the development of the Center of Excellence in Children's Mental Health. She was formerly the director of the Consortium. She also is adjunct professor in both the Institute of Child Development and the Department of Family Social Science. A developmental psychologist, she specializes in parent-child attachment, child abuse prevention, and community-based approaches to strengthen families.
Finn-Aage Esbensen Ph.D., E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri-St. Louis
8001 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63121
Esbensen is the university's E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence. He is currently the Principal Investigator on two multi-site evaluations of school-based prevention programs.His research has covered a broad range of topics, and his methodologies have included participant observation in a county jail and a longitudinal national survey of adolescents.
Charles Patrick Ewing Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor, Vice Dean of Legal Skills, State University of New York at Buffalo
723 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
Ewing is the author of five books: "Fatal Families: The Dynamics of Intrafamilial Homicide"; "Kids Who Kill"; "When Children Kill: The Dynamics of Juvenile Homicide"; "Battered Women Who Kill"; and "Crisis Intervention as Psychotherapy". He is also author or co-author of approximately 60 other publications -- most of which deal with issues related to violent behavior, dangerousness and other issues in forensic psychology.
Jeffrey Fagan Ph.D., Professor of Law and Public Health; Director, Center for Crime, Community and Law, Columbia University School of Law
435 W. 116th St.
Room 634, Box D-18
New York, NY 10027
Fagan focuses his research and scholarship on crime, law and social policy. Currently, he's examining the jurisprudence of adolescent crime, social contagion theories of violence and error rates in capital punishment, among other topics. He is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology and serves as chair of its national policy committee. He's also on the National Research Council's committee on law and justice, the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice and the Russell Sage Foundation's incarceration working group. He was on the National Research Council panel on family violence interventions. A past editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Fagan serves on the editorial boards of several criminology and law journals. He wrote “Changing Borders of Juvenile Justice” (University of Chicago Press, 2000), which the Society for Research on Adolescence cited as a best book on social policy.
David Fassler M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Vermont College of Medicine
C/O Otter Creek Associates, 86 Lake St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Fassler, a practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist and clinical director of Otter Creek Associates, researches child and adolescent mental health issues such as the effects of stress and trauma, divorce, depression and the use of psychotropic drugs. He is the co-author of several books, including: "Help Me, I'm Sad: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression" (Penguin Books, 1997), "Coming to America: The Kids' Book About Immigration" (Waterford, 1993).
Barry Feld, Centennial Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
340 Mondale Hall
229 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Feld teaches criminal procedure, juvenile law, torts, and education and law. In addition to his law degree, he holds a doctorate in sociology. He has written eight books and about 70 articles and book chapters on juvenile justice, focusing on serious young offenders, procedural justice in juvenile court, police interrogation of juveniles, youth sentencing policy and race. “Bad Kids: Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court” (Oxford University Press, 1999) was named an outstanding book by the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Feld was a prosecutor in the Hennepin County (Minn.) Attorney’s Office and a co-reporter of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Juvenile Court Rules of Procedure Advisory Committee.
David Finkelhor Ph.D., Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center; Professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire
20 College Rd., 126 Horton Social Sciences Center
Durham, NH 03824
Finkelhor researches child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence. He was one of the first people to develop estimates about the prevalence and characteristics of child sexual abuse. His recent work has focused on understanding how the nature and impact of crime and violence change as children mature.
James Alan Fox, The Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Justice, Professor of Law Policy and Society, Northeastern University
School of Criminal Justice, 400 CH
Boston, MA 02115
An expert on multiple murder, juvenile crime, school violence, workplace violence and capital punishment, Fox has written sixteen books, including "The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder," (Allyn & Bacon, 2004) and "Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder" (Sage Publications, 2005).
James Garbarino Ph.D., Maude C. Clark Chair in Humanistic Psychology; Loyola University Chicago
6525 N. Sheridan Road
628 Damen Hall
Chicago, IL 60626
Garbarino researches depression in children, child abuse, psychological maltreatment, community dimensions of child maltreatment and violence prevention.
Stephen Gavazzi, Professor, Family Science
College of Human Ecology, Ohio State University
171B Campbell, 1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Gavazzi established a research program that identifies the impact of family dynamics on adolescent development and problem behavior. He also created the Growing Up FAST Program, a family-based diversion initiative for use with juvenile offenders and their families. He's working on a Web-based instrument known as the Global Risk Assessment Device, designed to measure potential threats to the development of adolescents in the juvenile justice system. GRAD is being tested in three county juvenile courts in Ohio. Female offenders exhibited higher risk than male offenders in areas such as family and peer relations, physical health, mental health, traumatic events and accountability issues.
Philip Genty; Clinical Professor of Law
Columbia University School of Law
435 W. 116th St.
New York, NY 10027-7297
Genty serves on the advisory group of the Federal Resource Center for Children of Prisoners. He has consulted on legal resource materials for incarcerated parents and works with several organizations that assist women prisoners. His research and teaching interests involve prisoners' rights, family law, appellate advocacy and professional responsibility.
Thomas F. Geraghty, Director, Bluhm Legal Clinic; Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
357 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
The center provides opportunities for law students to represent children in juvenile court and conducts research on issues including: due process protection for children; police interrogations of children and false confessions; school disciplinary policies; the juvenile death penalty; the development of gender appropriate justice for girls; and community justice solutions.
Steven Gorelick Ph.D., Professor of Media Studies, Hunter College
365 Fifth Ave., Room 8201
New York, NY 10016
Gorelick is interim director of Hunter's M.F.A. program in integrated media arts. His major research interest is media coverage of crime and violence, especially the impact of high-profile acts of violence on communities, media institutions and the fabric of social life. Gorelick has written for numerous newspapers, plus the Journal of Crime and Delinquency, the Media Studies Journal of the Freedom Forum at Columbia University, and The Children's Beat: A Journal of Media Coverage. He's on the advisory council of the University of Washington's Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma.
Denise Gottfredson Ph.D., Professor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland, College Park
2220D LeFrak Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Gottfredson studies delinquency and delinquency prevention, particularly the effects of school environments on youth behavior. She directs evaluations of Baltimore City’s Drug Treatment Court and the Maryland After School Opportunity Grant Fund Program. She is co-principal investigator on an evaluation of the Strengthening Washington, D.C., Families Program and directs a grant to increase the use of research-based prevention practices in Maryland.
Thomas Grisso Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, Director of Law-Psychiatry Program
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave. N.
Worcester, MA 01655
Grisso is a professor of psychiatry, director of the center's mental health and law core and coordinator of medical school's law-psychiatry program. His research interests include clinical forensic assessment in criminal and juvenile cases, developmental issues in juvenile law, mental health needs of young offenders, and risk of violence in adults and youths with mental disorders.
Betsy McAlister Groves LICSW, Director, Child Witness to Violence Project; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine; Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
91 East Concord St., Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Betsy McAlister Groves is the author of “Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project” (Beacon Press, 2003), based on her experience as the founding director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. She also is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and a past fellow at the Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy at Harvard University. She trains police, social workers, health providers, teachers, judges and court personnel on a range of topics associated with children and violence. Groves serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. In addition, she’s been a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, the Massachusetts Judicial Institute, the producers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Groves received her master’s degree in social work from Boston University.
John Hagedorn Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
1007 W. Harrison St., M/C 141
Chicago, IL 60607
Hagedorn has been studying gangs and violence for the past 20 years; his 2001 report on female gangs can be read here
. He co-edited "Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs and Gender" (Lake View Press, 1999) and "People and Folks: Gangs, Crime and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City" (Lake View Press, 1997). His recent work compares institutionalized gangs in Chicago to other groups of armed young men around the world.
Darnell F. Hawkins Ph.D., Professor, Department of African-American Studies, Department of Sociology
University of Illinois at Chicago
1007 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Hawkins is a professor of African-American studies, sociology and criminal justice. He conducts research on racial and ethnic differences in rates of criminal involvement and criminal justice system processing. Hawkins served on a National Academy of Sciences panel on juvenile crime and justice; he also edited “Our Children, Their Children: Confronting Race and Ethnic Differences in American Criminal Justice” (University of Chicago Press, 2004).
Hawkins researches the prevention and treatment of health and behavior problems among young people, including drug abuse, delinquency, risky sexual behavior, violence and school dropout. His "social development strategy" identifies risk and protective factors.
Scott W. Henggeler Ph.D., Director
Family Services Research Center (FSRC)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425
Henggeler developed the nationally-recognized Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
model -- a family-oriented, home-based program that targets chronically violent, substance-abusing juvenile offenders 12 to 17. The program seeks to reduce criminal activity and antisocial behavior.
Susan Kinnevy, Director of Research and Principal Investigator
Center for Research on Youth and Social Policy, School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania
3815 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6179
Kinnevy directs the Center for Research on Youth and Social Policy, which works to bring about positive social change by improving the way human services are developed, delivered and evaluated. Its research, planning and technical assistance focus on issues and systems affecting vulnerable populations, particularly children, while promoting social justice and social change. CRYSP has done a meta-analysis of empirical studies examining the effectiveness of juvenile correctional and treatment programs.
Barry Krisberg Ph.D., President
National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD)
1970 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94612
510.208.0500, Ext. 311; email@example.com
Krisberg is president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, an Oakland, Calif.-based organization that develops model criminal and juvenile justice programs, and advises governments on criminal and juvenile justice policy. He is past president and fellow of the Western Society of Criminology and chair of the California Attorney General’s Research Advisory Committee. Currently a clinical professor at the University of Hawaii’s Department of Psychiatry, Krisberg also has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Minnesota. In 1993 he received the August Vollmer Award, the American Society of Criminology’s most prestigious award. Books and articles to Krisberg’s credit include “Reinventing Juvenile Justice,” with James Austin (Sage Publications, 1993) and “A Sourcebook: Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders” with James C. Howell, Ph.D., J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., and John J. Wilson (Sage Publications, 1995). Krisberg received a master’s degree in criminology and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. NCCD develops model criminal and juvenile justice programs and offers policy advice to both state and local agencies. Its Web site offers statistics and resources on the link between child welfare and juvenile delinquency, the over-representation of minorities in the justice system and the threat of violence among minority youth.
Aaron Kupchik Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Sociology and Criminal Justice
University of Delaware
329 Smith Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Aaron Kupchik, Ph.D., conducts research comparing the processes and outcomes of prosecuting adolescents in juvenile and criminal courts. He recently completed his Ph.D. in sociology at New York University. With Jeffrey Fagan, he co-authored Punishment, Proportionality and Jurisdictional Transfer of Adolescent Offenders, a study of whether states have reduced juvenile crime by transferring more adolescent offenders to adult criminal courts.
Teresa D. LaFromboise, Associate Professor
School of Education
485 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
LaFromboise focuses on stress-related problems of ethnic minority youth. She is currently investigating parental drinking, parenting, and alcohol use among American Indian adolescents. She teaches seminars on Counseling Theories and Interventions from a Multicultural Perspective, American Indian Mental Health and Education, and Racial and Ethnic Identity Development.
Philip J. Leaf Ph.D., Director
Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
Johns Hopkins University
624 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
The center translates research on positive youth development and the prevention of violence into improved professional practice through education and training, professional development and practice efforts.
Susan Lewis, Communications Director
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
123 North Enola Drive
Enola, PA 17025
The NSVRC is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention. The NSVRC provides an extensive online library and customized technical assistance, as well as coordinates National Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives
Michael Lindsey Ph.D., Assistant Professor
School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
525 W. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Lindsey trained as a social worker, with a specialization in mental health services research. He studies African American males' development in high-risk communities, depressed African American youths' access to mental health services, school-based violence prevention and early interventions, and university and community partnerships.
Doris L. MacKenzie Ph.D., Director, Professor
Evaluation Research Group,Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland
2220H LeFrak Hall
College Park, MD 20742
MacKenzie researches inmate adjustment to prison, the impact of intermediate sanctions on recidivism, long-term offenders, methods of predicting prison populations and boot camp prisons. She was a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Justice, where she advised federal, state and local jurisdictions on correctional boot camps, correctional policy, intermediate sanctions, research and evaluation techniques. She has directed several federally funded projects, including the Multi-Site Study of Correctional Boot Camps, Descriptive Study of Female Boot Camps, and the National Study of Juvenile Correctional Institutions. In 2007, MacKenzie as awarded a Fulbright grant to study new community corrections programs in China.
Steven Marans Ph.D., Director of Trauma Programs
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV)
Child Study Center, Yale University
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520
The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence works to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; and to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence.
John March M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Co-director
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
919.416.2403 (Office); firstname.lastname@example.org
March is an expert in the treatment of child and adolescent mental disorders. He holds a K24 career development award from the NIMH devoted to clinical trials methods, is a member of the Steering Committee of the Multimodal Treatment of ADHD Study and is principal investigator of several NIMH funded treatment outcome studies: the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study, Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology/Psychosocial Interventions, the Child Anxiety Management Study and of the Coordinating Center for the Treatment of Adolescent Depression Study. In addition, he has extensive experience conducting and consulting to industry in the design and implementation of Phase III and IV clinical trials in pediatric psychopharmacology.
Kent Markus, Associate professor, Director
National Center for Adoption Law & Policy
303 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Markus is on leave from the law school, serving as chief legal counsel to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. Markus is founding director of the center, which is dedicated to child welfare and adoption systemic reform. He teaches in an extensive array of law fields, including adoption, criminal and administrative. Before coming to Capital in 1998, Markus was the U.S. Justice Department's deputy chief of staff and Attorney General Janet Reno's highest-ranking adviser. During his five years at Justice, Markus oversaw national implementation of the Brady Law and the 1994 Crime Act. He served as founding director of the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and as the department's point person on crime policy, particularly juvenile crime and gun violence. Earlier, Markus was the Democratic National Committee's chief of staff.
The project promotes decreased reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives. It has helped establish alternative sentencing programs in more than 22 states and consulted on issues such as juvenile detention, racial disparity and the trial of juveniles in adult court.
Orlando L. Martinez, Founder
1424 Madison St.
Grayson, GA 30017
Martinez has more than 40 years of experience in planning and managing programs serving youth and their families. He began consulting in 2003 to train agencies and states – such as Mississippi, Connecticut and Rhode Island – in improving services for at-risk youth. For the four previous years, he was commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice. There, he introduced a case management system that reduced detention populations and expanded community treatment programs. Earlier, Martinez directed Colorado’s Division of Youth. His website derives its name from the firm's approach: integrated comprehensive client assessment and planning.
Michelle Oberman, Professor
School of Law
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Oberman is the author of "Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the 'Prom Mom'" (New York University Press, 2001) and numerous articles on issues such as infanticide, consensual sex with minors and statuatory rape laws.
Wayne Osgood, Professor of Crime, Law and Justice and Sociology
Department of Sociology
The Pennsylvania State University
1002 Oswald Tower
University Park, PA 16802
Osgood is a member of the Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood, sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research addresses a variety of topics concerning delinquency and other problem behaviors during adolescence and early adulthood. He has published studies concerning sources of age differences, peer influence, associations among different types of problem behavior, and the contribution of time use to offending. In addition he has conducted research on programs for juvenile offenders.
Betty Pfefferbaum M.D., Director
Terrorism and Disaster Branch
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Network
NCTSN has 54 sites across the country, and includes three categories: bicoastal coordinating center at UCLA and Duke Universities; intervention, development and evaluation centers (most of which are academic); and community centers. At the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where Dr. Pfefferbaum holds the Paul and Ruth Jonas Chair, she is a professor in and the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She helped plan and organize clinical services after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and provided consultation regarding clinical and research efforts associated with the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Scott Poland, Associate Professor
Center for Psychological Services
NOVA Southeastern University
Poland is a former chair and current member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) emergency team, and was president of NASP. He was a member of the U.S. Department of Education's assistance team that advised the superintendent of the Oklahoma City schools in the aftermath of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah building. He led the National Organization for Victim Assistance team that responded to the school shootings in West Paducah, Ken., and near Jonesboro, Ark., and provided onsite assistance to schools in Littleton, Colo., after the shooting at Columbine High School. He also led U.S. Department of Education violence response teams after school shootings in El Cajon and Santee, Calif. He has written numerous books, book chapters, and articles on school crisis intervention.
Deborah Prothrow-Stith M.D., Adjunct Professor
Dept. of Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health
1552 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02120
As a physician working in inner-city hospitals and neighborhood clinics, Dr. Prothrow-Stith recognized violence as a significant public health issue that could be prevented through implementing effective public health strategies. She developed and wrote the first violence prevention curriculum for schools and communities and co-authored the first book to present the public health perspective on violence to a mass audience. She continues to develop programs and nurture partnerships with community-based programs. She has received many awards, including the World Health Organization’s 1993 World Health Day Award, and nine honorary doctorates.
Robert Pynoos M.D.
Co-Director and Professor of Psychology
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
University of California at Los Angeles
11150 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Robert S. Pynoos, M.D., M.P.H., is co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress funded by the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He is a professor in the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Pynoos is also the director of the UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Service and the executive director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders section. He has edited several books on post-traumatic stress in children and adolescents and authored numerous articles in professional journals. Pynoos has written extensively on child development and the impact of disaster, violence and loss on families and school communities. He is conducting several major school-based projects that are providing systematic identification, assessment and specialized interventions for high-risk children and adolescents who have been exposed to community and family violence. In addition to developing state-of-the-art clinical protocols, Pynoos has been a leader in research into the neurobiology of childhood trauma and the impact of trauma on moral development. He has received the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law award for his outstanding contribution on child witnesses to homicide, the National Organization for Victim Assistance Award for research and the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award for excellence in disaster psychiatry. In 2001, Pynoos was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a graduate of Harvard University and of the Columbia University schools of Medicine and Public Health.
Richard Rosenfeld, President
American Society of Criminology (ASC)
1314 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
ASC is an international organization of scholars, scientists and professionals concerned with the etiology, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. Its Web site provides a directory of members by name and state.
Jeffrey A. Roth Ph.D., Associate Director for Research
The Jerry Lee Center of Criminology
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Jeffrey A. Roth, Ph.D., is associate director for research at the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania. He is the principal investigator of projects to investigate juvenile crime trends and to implement performance-based contracting for foster care provider agencies in Philadelphia. Previously, he directed the congressionally mandated impact evaluation of the 1994 assault weapons ban, as well as studies of the Clinton administration’s COPS program to put 100,000 police officers on the street; Maryland’s HotSpots Communities Program; Detroit’s Handgun Intervention Program; youth violence in the District of Columbia; and Baltimore’s Comprehensive Communities Program. As study director of the National Academy of Sciences panel on violence research, he co-edited the academy’s four-volume report, “Understanding and Preventing Violence.” He holds a doctorate in economics from Michigan State University.
David Roush Ph.D., Director, Professor
National Juvenile Detention Association’s Center for Research & Professional Development
School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
1407 S. Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Roush directs the National Juvenile Detention Association’s Center for Research & Professional Development, a resource for juvenile detention and corrections professionals. A licensed counselor, Roush conducts research and provides training supporting the concept that youth develop healthy, law-abiding lifestyles through healthy relationships with healthy adults in healthy environments. Earlier, Roush spent 17 years directing the Calhoun County (Mich.) Juvenile Home. He is past chairman of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care's board of directors and past president of both the Michigan and the National Juvenile Detention Associations. With a federal grant, Roush developed the “Desktop Guide to Good Juvenile Detention Practice” (1996).
Gail Ryan, Program Director
Perpetration Prevention Program,Kempe Children's Center
1825 Marion St.
Denver, CO 80218
Ryan has worked with abusive parents and abused children, and she has treated young males who have molested children. She now trains trainers in perpetrator-prevention strategies for their respective communities. Ryan is a facilitator for the National Adolescent Perpetration Network and the National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending.
Epidemiology and International Health
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Media Inquiries: Josh Gryniewicz, 312.413.3253; email@example.com
Slutkin is an epidemiologist and a physician who founded CeaseFire Chicago
, an organization that uses a public health model to stop violence in Chicago's roughest neighborhoods.
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The center researches the causes and prevention of crime, studying capital punishment, juvenile delinquency, homicide and restorative justice. Its director, Sherman, was appointed Penn's first professor of criminology in 2003, with a five-year term as chair of the criminology department. He served as president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science from 2001 to 2005 and was founding president of the Academy of Experimental Criminology from 1999 to 2001.
Jeff Sprague Ph.D., Co-director, Professor
Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior
University of Oregon
1265 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
A professor of special education, Sprague directs federal, state and local research and demonstration projects related to positive behavior supports, youth violence prevention, alternative education, juvenile delinquency prevention, school inclusion and school safety. He has been a classroom teacher, teacher supervisor, behavioral consultant, researcher and university teacher. Sprague contributed to several editions of the "President's Annual Reports on School Safety." He has written about school safety and school-wide positive supports, and he co-wrote "Safe School Design," a handbook for educational leaders published in 2000.
Barbara Staggers M.D., Director
Division of Adolescent Medicine/Teen Clinic
Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland
5400 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
Barbara Staggers, M.D., MPH, is director of Adolescent Medicine and the Health Professions Internship Partnership at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, Calif. She served for six years on the National Committee on Adolescence for the American Academy of Pediatrics; her work included the development of the pediatrics residency training guidelines in adolescent health care. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including a National Child Labor Committee Award; National Violence Prevention Council Angel of Peace Award; and Alumna of the Year, School of Public Health, University of Calfornia, Berkeley. She attained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley, her medical degree from UC San Francisco and a master’s degree in health education from UC Berkeley.
Matthew Stagner, Executive Director
Chapin Hall Center for Children
University of Chicago
1313 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Stagner is a nationally recognized authority on policies affecting children and families. His research includes work on youth risk behaviors, children aging out of foster care, and programs that support social services. Before joining Chapin Hall in 2006, Stagner directed the Center on Labor, Human Services and Population at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Earlier, Stagner directed the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has directed research for the National Research Council and the Center for the Study of Social Policy.
1701 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
A nationally recognized expert on psychological development during adolescence, Steinberg researches topics including parent-child relationships, employment, high school reform and juvenile justice. His work has been funded by public and private organizations, including the federal departments of education and justice, the MacArthur and William T. Grant foundations and the Lilly Endowment. Steinberg has been a frequent consultant to state and federal agencies and lawmakers on child labor, secondary education, and juvenile justice policy. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including "Adolescence" (McGraw-Hill, 2005), a leading college textbook now in its seventh edition. Steinberg is president of the Society for Research on Adolescence; he also heads the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.
Victor L. Streib, Professor
Pettit College of Law
Ohio Northern University
Tilton Hall of Law 183
Ada, OH 45810
419.772.2207, x2205; firstname.lastname@example.org
Streib is an attorney specializing in violent crime and the death penalty and author of several books on the capital punishment of juveniles. He has represented juveniles convicted of murder before the U.S. Supreme Court and several state supreme courts.
Linda Teplin Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director
Psycho-Legal Studies Program
Northwestern University Medical School
710 N Lake Shore Dr, #900
Evanston, IL 60208
Teplin has done empirical studies on the criminalization of the mentally ill, epidemiologic characteristics of jail detainees and correlates of violence. She is currently conducting two studies -- the Northwestern Juvenile Project: a longitudinal study of a sample of 1,800 youth who were subjects in her study of juvenile detainees, examining the service needs of youths for help with alcohol, drugs and mental health; and behaviors that put them at increased risk for violence, drug use and HIV/AIDS; and (2) the Northwestern Victimization Project:a unique study of criminal victimization patterns among severely mentally ill persons living in the community.
Terence Thornberry Ph.D., Director
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado, Boulder
1877 Broadway, Suite 601
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Thornberry focuses on understanding the development of delinquency and crime over the life course, young adult anti-social behavior, and research methods. Professor Thornberry is a former Dean at the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York. Thornberry is the author or editor of 10 books, including “The Criminally Insane” (University of Chicago Press, 1979); “From Boy to Man, From Delinquency to Crime” (University of Chicago Press, 1987); “Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective” (Cambridge University Press, February 2003) and “Taking Stock of Delinquency: An Overview of Findings from Contemporary Longitudinal Studies” (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, November 2002), as well as more than 60 articles and book chapters. His research interests focus on understanding the development of delinquency and crime.
Patrick Tolan Ph.D., Director
Institute for Juvenile Research
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School
CSB-840 S. Wood St., Room 345G
Chicago, IL 60612
Patrick Tolan, Ph.D., is director of the Institute for Juvenile Research and professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tolan’s major interests include the development of urban children and families from a developmental-ecological perspective; prediction and prevention of antisocial and violent behavior; family systems theory; and adolescence. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified supervisor for family therapy training. Tolan holds positions on several national and international boards and committees, including the MacArthur Foundation’s Cook County Juvenile Court Clinical Evaluation Services Initiative; the Illinois Council for the Prevention of Violence; and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Youth Violence’s program on Blueprints for Violence Prevention/Reduction.
Kenneth S. Trump, President and CEO
National School Safety and Security Services
P.O. Box 110123
Cleveland, OH 44111
National School Safety and Security Services is a consulting firm specializing in school security and school emergency / crisis preparedness training, school security assessments, and school safety consulting for K-12 schools and public safety providers. Trump focuses on K-12 school security and school emergency / crisis preparedness issues, school security assessments, and school safety consulting services.
Francisco Villarruel Ph.D., Professor
Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University
1407 S. Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823-5286
Villarruel also is a senior research associate with MSU's Institute for Children, Youth and Families and the Julian Samora Research Institute, a policy research center focused on Latinos. Villarruel studies Latino youth and families, positive youth development, and developmental contextualism. He co-wrote "Lost Opportunities: The Reality of Latinos in the U.S. Criminal Justice System" (2004), which looked at factors underlying Latinos' overrepresentation and the special problems associated with prosecuting and treating substance abusers. Villarruel was co-principal investigator of a study that found Latino and Latina youth receive disparate and more punitive treatment than their white peers charged with the same types of offenses. The 2002 report, “¿Dónde Está la Justicia?” is available online here.
Michael Wald, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Emeritus
School of Law, Stanford University
Crown Quad 215
Stanford, CA 94305
Wald has had a distinguished career as an academic researcher and teacher. A leading national authority on legal policy toward children, he drafted the American Bar Association’s Standards Related to Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as major federal and state legislation regarding child welfare. Wald served as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Human Services, and senior adviser to the president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Jeffery Walker Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AK 72204
Walker has taught at the university since 1990. His research focuses on the social/environmental factors of crime. He has obtained over $9 million in grants from the Department of Justice, National Institute of Drug Abuse and others. In 2001, Walker co-wrote an Arkansas study that found sexual offenders of children often lived near schools, child care centers and parks. Walker was president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2006-07. He's been editor of ACJS Today, editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice, and and editor in chief of the Journal of Critical Criminology.
Daniel Webster, Co-Director and Professor
Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Cathy Spatz Widom Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry
John Jay College and the Graduate
City University of New York
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Widom studies the risk of criminal behavior among children who were previously maltreated. She is also interested in risk factors of abuse, the impact of abuse and intergenerational family violence.
Brian Wiersema, Senior Research Specialist
Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Wiersema’s research centers on improving the amount and quality of data used to study violence, particularly the measurement of violent death and injury characteristics. Recently, Wiersema established the Maryland Violent Death Reporting System, part of a national public health surveillance system that monitors the incidence and detailed characteristics of violent death (homicides, suicides and deaths of undetermined manner) by linking official records such as police, medical examiner, crime lab and death certificate data. Wiersema's interests include various aspects of violence and social control (e.g., effects of firearms laws).
, Executive Director
1 Bridge St., Suite 56
Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533
WiredSafety is an online safety and help group headed by Aftab, a security, privacy and cyberspace lawyer, as well as an author and child advocate. WiredSafety focuses on providing assistance and support to law enforcement, training law enforcement and regulatory agencies, creating awareness and cybercrime prevention programs. Its patrol groups are made up entirely of volunteers.
Patricia Arthur, Senior Attorney
National Center for Youth Law
405 14th St., 15th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Arthur specializes in juvenile justice and complex litigation. She is co-founder and founding president of TeamChild, a Seattle-based, statewide advocacy organization that helps youth in trouble by addressing their basic health, housing and education needs. She has been lead counsel in many class-action lawsuits involving the rights of incarcerated youth and youth at risk of institutionalization.
3300 Whitehaven Street, N.W., Suite 5000
Launched in spring 2007, the center supports public agency leaders in juvenile justice and related systems of care. Founding director Bilchik previously headed the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention before leading the Child Welfare League of America for seven years beginning in 2000.
Wayne Bowers, Executive Director
Sex Abuse Treatment Alliance
P.O. Box 761
Milwaukee, WI 53201
The alliance advocates for policies that treat sexual abuse as a public health issue, saying that most people who have sexually abused can successfully learn not to abuse. Director Bowers is a former sexual offender.
Sarah Bryer, Director
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
National Juvenile Justice Network
1710 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
202.467.0864 x105; email@example.com
The network helps state-based juvenile justice coalitions and organizations advocate for fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate adjudication and treatment for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. NJJN comprises 30 states. It receives funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Stephanie Covington Ph.D., Co-Director
Center for Gender and Justice
7946 Ivanhoe Ave., Suite 201 B
La Jolla, CA 92037
A clinician, author and organizational consultant, Covington specializes in developing and implementing gender-responsive services in both the public and private sectors. She co-directs both the CGJ -- which promotes gender-responsive policies and practices for women and girls under criminal justice supervision -- and the Institute for Relational Development. Covington consulted with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to help it address female offenders' issues and to design an addiction treatment framework to serve both women and men. She co-authored the National Institute of Corrections' 2000 report, "Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders."
Ann Crowe, Research Associate
American Probation & Parole Association
2760 Research Park Drive
Lexington, KY 40511
Crowe specializes in juvenile justice issues for the international association. APPA -- which represents probation, parole and corrections professionals -- provides information, training and technical assistance on probation, parole and community-based corrections for both adult and juveniles.
Nancy Gannon Hornberger, Executive Director
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
1211 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
202.467.0864, Ext. 5; firstname.lastname@example.org
CJJ is a coalition of juvenile justice state advisory groups, guiding elected officials on juvenile justice issues. Its Web site provides fact sheets, lists of state juvenile justice specialists and a glossary of relevant terms about young offenders, law enforcement and juvenile courts.
Kim Godfrey, Deputy Director
Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
170 Forbes Road, Suite 106
Braintree, MA 02184
CJCA provides education and tools to help state juvenile correction directors improve services and conditions at youth facilities and programs. CJCA won the 2004 Innovations in American Government Award for its national performance-based standards program on residential programs' quality of life.
James A. Gondles, Executive Director
American Correctional Association
4380 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706
ACA is a non-profit, professional association involved in adult and juvenile corrections, community corrections, juvenile justice, and probation and parole. It works to improve correctional environments through training and professional development. ACA and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections develop national standards for corrections, perform facility audits and accredit corrections facilities.
Peter Greenwood Ph.D.
, Executive Officer
Association for Advancement of Evidence Based Practice
Greenwood has published widely in the areas of violence prevention, juvenile justice, criminal careers, sentencing, corrections, law enforcement and cyber crime. He was the founder of RAND’s Criminal Justice Program and is a member of the Homicide Research Working Group and is a past president of the California Association of Criminal Justice Research.
Samuel Halperin, Founder and Senior Fellow
American Youth Policy Forum
1836 Jefferson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Samuel Halperin is the founder of and a senior fellow at the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. He has held leadership positions in academia, the federal government, a foundation and nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. Halperin has served as president of the Institute for Educational Leadership, deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association, where he worked on U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees dealing with major education legislation. He has also served as study director of Youth and America’s Future: The William T. Grant Foundation Commission on Work, Family and Citizenship.
Mary Ellen Johnson, Executive Director
The Pendulum Foundation
2860 So. Circle Drive, #123
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
The Pendulum Foundation's mission is to physically, emotionally and spiritually free all young people whose childhoods have been lost in Colorado’s prison system. Pendulum is dedicated to educating the public about the issue of children in adult prisons, and in transforming the lives of all those youthful offenders who are currently behind bars.
Denise Johnston M.D., Director
The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
P.O. Box 41-286
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
Denise Johnston, M.D., is the founding director of the Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Her expertise is in children of criminal offenders. The center has conducted more than 40 educational, family reunification and therapeutic projects serving children of criminal offenders, their parents and families. In 2002, Johnston will oversee the MIRACLE Project at Los Angeles County Jails, the second jail nursery to be established in the United States. She is currently adviser to the National Institute of Corrections’ Resource Center on Children of Prisoners. As principal investigator, Johnston has completed 12 major research projects for the center. Among those studies is the first longitudinal investigation of children of criminal offenders, begun in 1991 in Southeast Los Angeles County. She has been a founding board member of organizations serving women offenders, including: Phase ReEntry Programs; the National Network for Women in Prison; and Girls and Gangs in Los Angeles County. Johnston is the editor of the first American text on incarcerated parents and their children, which was published by Lexington Books in 1995. Johnston received her doctorate from Stanford University School of Medicine.
, Executive Director
Fight Crime: Invest In Kids
1212 New York Avenue
Washington, DC 20005
202.776.0027 ext. 119; email@example.com
Kass coordinates strategic planning and oversees day-to-day operations at Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Previously, he served as deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the U.S. Department of Housing. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization of more than 3,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors. The group informs the public and policymakers about relevant findings, and urges investment in programs proven effective by research.
The national, nonprofit anti-crime organization represents more than 3,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors. It takes a hard-nosed look at crime prevention strategies and urges investment in research-tested programs. The D.C.-based organization advocates for high-quality early education programs, prevention of child abuse and neglect, after-school programs, and interventions to get troubled kids back on track.
Marsha Levick, Legal Director
Juvenile Law Center
The Philadelphia Building, 4th Floor
1315 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Levick, an advocate for juvenile and women's rights, co-founded the center. She has represented children in delinquency and dependency proceedings and litigated challenges to conditions of confinement in juvenile institutions. She has worked to develop standards for prosecuting juveniles in the adult criminal justice system, and she's developing strategies to address girls' special needs in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Daniel Macallair, Executive Director
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
54 Dore St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.621.5661, ext. 310; firstname.lastname@example.org
Macallair is the co-founder of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. His expertise is in the development and analysis of correctional policy for youth and adult offenders. He has implemented model programs throughout the country. His programs have received national recognition and were cited as exemplary models by the United States Department of Justice and Harvard University's Innovations in American Government program. He authored a 1999 study on youth curfew.
Mike Males Ph.D.
, Senior Research Fellow
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
54 Dore St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Males researches youth crime, drug abuse, pregnancy and economics. He is the author of “Kids & Guns: How Politicians, Experts and the Press Fabricate Fear of Youth” (Common Courage Press, 2001) and co-author of “California Youth Crime Declines: The Untold Story” (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 2006) and “Testing Incapacitation Theory: Youth Crime and Incarceration in California” (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 2006) showing that massive declines in the imprisonment of California youth accompanied large declines in both serious and misdemeanor crime by youths of all races over the last three decades.
Scott Matson, Research Associate
Center for Sex Offender Management
Center for Effective Public Policy
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 720
Silver Spring, MD 20910
CSOM supports state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of adult and juvenile sex offenders under community supervision. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, State Justice Institute and the American Probation and Parole Association.
, President and Chief Executive Officer
Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
McCarthy oversees the foundation's work in income security; child welfare; general, reproductive and mental health; substance abuse; juvenile justice; education; and early childhood and youth development.
John Moore, Director
Institute for Intergovernmental Research
The National Youth Gang Center
P.O. Box 12729
Tallahassee, FL 32317
The center collects and analyzes statistical data on gangs, analyzes gang legislation and identifies gang program strategies.
David Muhlhausen, Policy Analyst
Center for Data Analysis
214 Massachusetts Ave., N.E..
Washington, DC 20002
Muhlhausen is an expert on criminal justice programs, particularly law enforcement grant programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. While a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, he specialized in crime and juvenile justice policy. He has also served as a manager at a juvenile correctional facility in Baltimore.
Gabrielle Prisco, Director
Juvenile Justice Project
Correctional Association of New York
135 E. 15th St.
New York, NY 10003
212.254.5700, Ext. 305; email@example.com
The project promotes a stronger emphasis on community-based prevention and alternatives to jail and prison. It advocates for fair and effective responses to youth crime; produces reports, position papers and fact sheets that analyze juvenile justice policies and explore alternatives; educates the public and legislators about juvenile justice issues; and trains young people to help transform juvenile justice policies in New York.
Juan Sanchez Ph.D., President and CEO
Southwest Key Program, Inc.
3000 S. IH-35, Suite 410
Austin, TX 78704
Sánchez is a leader in the field of juvenile justice. He serves on the board of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, as an associate with the Vera Institute of Justice, as technical assistance provider for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Alternative Initiative and as an appointee to the National Council of La Raza’s board of directors. Southwest Key Programs operates over 45 programs in seven states, including juvenile justice and family programs, safe shelters for immigrant children, alternative schools, youth empowerment and fatherhood programs, job creation initiatives, and child care brokerage services.
Ben Saunders Ph.D.
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina
165 Cannon St., Box 250852
Charleston, SC 29425
Saunders, a licensed independent social worker and marriage and family therapist, directs the center's family and child program. He's also on the faculty of MUSC's National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center. Saunders’ research, training and clinical interests include the impact of violence and abuse on children and adolescents; the epidemiology of trauma, violence and abuse; treatment approaches; and effective methods for disseminating evidence-based practices. His work on child abuse victims, sexual offenders and incestuous families has been funded by several federal agencies. Saunders maintains a clinical practice and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals.
Robert Schwartz , Executive Director
Juvenile Law Center
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut St., 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
JLC provides legal representation and services to children under the care of child welfare or juvenile justice systems, residential treatment facilities and adult prisons. A co-founder of the center, Schwartz has brought class-action litigation over institutional conditions and probation functions. He was chair of the American Bar Association's Juvenile Justice Committee from 1992 to 1998 and was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.
Mark Soler , Exectuive Director
Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP)
1701 K St., NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
202.637.0377, Ext. 114; firstname.lastname@example.org
CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in such systems.
Deborah Donovan Rice, Executive Director
STOP IT NOW!
351 Pleasant St.
Northampton, MA 01060
This nonprofit's Online Help Center
is a 24/7 resource for any adult wanting to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Its target audiences are parents and grandparents, professionals from a wide range of disciplines and other adults including those concerned about their own sexual interest in children. The information covers the continuum of prevention information for those wanting to prevent abuse at the earliest possible moment and who want to actively stand up for children; child-serving organizations; those who are already serving families where abuse has occurred; and those who are ready to be accountable for their sexual interest in children.
Ronald Stephens, Ed.D
, Executive Director
National School Safety Center
141 Duesenberg Drive, Suite 11
Westlake Village, CA 91362
NSSC provides training and resources support safe schools for school children worldwide. Stephens has served as consultant and frequent speaker for school districts, law enforcement agencies and professional organizations. He has been a teacher, assistant superintendent and school board member. His was also chief school business officer and vice president of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Stephens received his bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree from Pepperdine University. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.
John Tuell, Division Director
Juvenile Justice Division
Child Welfare League of America
440 First St. N.W., Third Floor
Washington, DC 20001
The division works with member agencies to reduce reliance on incarceration for accused or adjudicated delinquent youth. It helps to develop community-based alternatives that promote positive youth development while ensuring protection of the public safety.
JPI is a research and public policy organization working to end society's reliance on incarceration. Ziedenberg's work focuses on juvenile and criminal justice policy, especially alternative sentencing and the depopulation of juvenile detention facilities. In July 2007 JPI released the study, "Gang Wars: The Failure of Enforcement Tactics and the Need for Effective Public Safety Strategies."
Bruce Kamradt, Director
Children's Mental Health Services and Pr
Behavioral Health Division
Milwaukee County Child and Adolescent Services
9201 Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Kamradt, MSW, is director of children’s mental health services at Wraparound Milwaukee. He directs the delivery of mental health, social services and other supports to more than 600 delinquent and nondelinquent youths who would otherwise be in long-term residential treatment, psychiatric hospitalization or correctional placement. The program coordinates plans across child-serving institutions and blends funding from Medicaid, child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health to meet youths’ comprehensive needs.
Vincent Schiraldi MSW, Commissioner
Schiraldi founded the Justice Policy Institute and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Before he was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Probation, he served as the director of DYRS, whose mission is to improve public safety and give court-involved youths the opportunity to become more productive citizens through community-based services such as mentoring, home-based counseling, individual counseling, after-school enrichment and substance abuse programs.
Ann Stahl, Manager of Data Collection
National Juvenile Court Data Archive (NJCDA), National Center for Juvenile Justice
710 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The National Juvenile Court Data Archive houses the automated records of cases handled by courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The Archive was established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, within the U.S. Department of Justice, to promote access to automated juvenile court data sets for juvenile justice research and policymaking efforts. This web site was developed to inform researchers about the available data sets and the procedures for use and access.