Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice


Youth violence, gangs, and delinquency present particular problems for the criminal justice system and communities. At John Jay College, scholars actively seek to understand all aspects of these issues so that the needs and concerns of young people can most effectively be addressed.

Maureen Allwood (Department of Psychology) researches children and adolescents’ emotional, behavioral and physiological response to trauma and violence (e.g., war, domestic, community violence), including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and delinquent behaviors.

Rosemary Barberet (Department of Sociology) studies self-reported youth crime, in addition to violence against women, business crime, and crime indicators.

Carla Barrett (Department of Sociology) studies court-involved youth, particularly juveniles tried as adults, and the criminalization of urban youth.

David Brotherton (Department of Sociology) is an ethnographer whose studies include high school drop-outs, street gangs, deportees and undocumented immigrants.

Jeffrey Butts (Director, Research and Evaluation Center) researches policies and programs for at-risk and disconnected youth, especially those involved with the justice system. He has received extensive funding from public and private sources for his research.

Ric Curtis (Department of Anthropology) is a leading public health researcher who investigates a range of drug-related topics including drug markets and drug taking behavior and HIV/AIDS. He is currently working on numerous projects that include a study for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to examine drug injector behaviors in Long Island and New York City; a study of drug dealing and violence in Rochester, New York; and a study of child prostitution.

Mark Fondacaro (Department of Psychology) studies juvenile law and has researched conflict resolution in families and youth violence prevention.

Robert Garot (Department of Sociology) studies how young people in an inner-city alternative school respond to, defy, and invoke the dress code as a means of molding identity, and explored how young people in the inner-city maintain honor while avoiding violence.

David A. Green (Department of Sociology) examines the interrelationship between crime, media, public opinion, and politics in a comparative perspective. His first book, When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 and won the 2009 British Society of Criminology Book Prize.

David Kennedy (Department of Criminal Justice; Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control) researches a range of topics that include youth violence and homicide, police management, illicit drug markets, illicit firearms markets, and deterrence theory.