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Preventable Precursors of Adult Crime

This research project examines the preventable precursors of adult crime such as youth drug use, academic failure, delinquency, and youth mental health problems. The data will be used to help identify the profiles of at-risk youth.

Project Team

  • Co-Principal Investigator: Brian Bumbarger, M.Ed., EPIS Center (bkb10@psu.edu)
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Jennifer Frank, Ph.D., EPIS Center
  • Investigator: Gary Zajac, Ph.D.

About the Project

  • 2-year grant awarded by PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to Penn State’s Prevention Research Center.
  • Supports PCCD’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative which seeks to identify programs and practices that will result in the reduction of PA’s corrections population.

    Research Questions

    • Identify the prevalence of preventable precursors of adult crime such as: youth drug use, academic failure, delinquency, and youth mental health problems.

      Project Details

      • Assess prior research and current available data on PA inmates.
      • Analyze data from related studies to identify profiles of at-risk youth.

        Implications

          • Results will provide an empirical basis to inform the investment and re-investment in prevention and intervention strategies targeting the most prevalent precursors of adult crime.