Key Decision Maker Project

The Annie E. Casey Foundation provided funding to the Center for the Study of Youth Policy at the University of Michigan for a series of investigations into the policies and practices of juvenile justice agencies. Researchers and consultants affiliated with the Center for the Study of Youth Policy visited a number of states throughout the U.S. and collected data on the youth then confined in juvenile training schools and youth correctional facilities. The data were used to construct population profiles of each state’s confined youth and then to calculate risk scores that ranked individual youth along a continuum from low risk to high risk. The profiles and risk analyses were presented to state officials as part of a project to consider the appropriate uses of  juvenile corrections resources.

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Project Staff

Ira M. Schwartz, PI
Jeffrey Butts, Graduate Research Analyst
Martha Wade Steketee, Graduate Research Analyst
William H. Barton, Senior Researcher
Paul DeMuro, Consultant
Russell Van Vleet, Consultant

Funding

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Bart Lubow, Project Officer

Products

Paul DeMuro and Jeffrey A. Butts (1990). Risk Assessment of Delinquent Offenders Committed to West Virginia Youth Correctional Facilities. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Center for the Study of Youth Policy.

Jeffrey A. Butts and Paul DeMur0 (1990). Risk Assessment of Delinquent Youths Committed to the Division of Youth Services, State of Georgia. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Center for the Study of Youth Policy.

Paul DeMuro and Jeffrey A. Butts (1989). At the Crossroads: A Population Profile of Youths Committed to the Alabama Department of Youth Services. Ann Arbor, MI: Center for the Study of Youth Policy, University of Michigan.

Jeffrey A. Butts and Paul DeMuro (1989). Population Profile and Risk Assessment Study: Mississippi Department of Youth Services. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Center for the Study of Youth Policy.

Russell K. Van Vleet, Jeffrey A. Butts, and William H. Barton (1988). An Analysis of the Broward County Juvenile Detention Center. Ann Arbor, MI: Center for the Study of Youth Policy, University of Michigan.