Erica Dalzell recently chaired the panel “Predictors of Juvenile Offending.” She was representing the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, and it was her first time attending and presenting at a national conference.
“It was exciting to be given the opportunity to present our work on parental monitoring and juvenile reoffending on a national platform,” said Ms. Dalzell. “But beyond presenting, it was being in the company of these brilliant scholars and professionals that inspired me to continue learning, growing, and improving our juvenile justice system.”
The study examined in the presentation compares a mothers report of parental effort and knowledge to her son’s report of his mother’s effort and knowledge to examine which report is a better predictor of youth offending trajectory.
Currently Ms. Dalzell assists with data collection, analysis, and reporting tasks for research and evaluation in the area of juvenile justice. She is gathering juvenile justice data from local communities to help assess disproportionate minority contact in Michigan. Ms. Dalzell also conducts interviews with county court staff to develop a statewide resource inventory. She is currently a graduate research assistant in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.