Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) intern Erica Dalzell recently chaired the panel “Predictors of Juvenile Offending” at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Philadelphia. 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.
The study examined in the presentation compares a mother’s 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.
“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.”
As an intern at PPA, Ms. Dalzell assists with research and evaluation in the area of juvenile justice. She is gathering juvenile justice data from local communities to 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.
PPA specializes in juvenile justice research, evaluation, and strategic guidance.