OJJDP Study Group

In 1995, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) convened a Study Group on Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders, a distinguished panel brought together to build a research base for policymakers and practitioners who deal with juveniles who engage in serious and violent conduct. The group, chaired by Drs. Rolf Loeber and David P. Farrington, included 22 leading juvenile justice and criminology scholars selected on the basis of their expert knowledge of different aspects of serious and violent juvenile (SVJ) offending. The OJJDP Study Group documented existing information about SVJ offenders, examined programs for SVJ offenders, evaluated the programs' performance, and recommended further research and evaluation efforts needed to prevent and control SVJ offending.

The Study Group's final report, Never Too Early, Never Too Late: Risk Factors and Successful Interventions for Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders, was completed in 1997 under grant number 95-JD-FX-0018. The conclusions of the Study Group were subsequently set forth in a volume entitled Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders: Risk Factors and Successful Interventions, edited by the Study Group's cochairs, Rolf Loeber and David P. Farrington, and published by Sage Publications, Inc., in 1998.

This Bulletin was adapted from two chapters of the published volume. The main text was adapted from "A Review of Predictors of Youth Violence," by J. David Hawkins, Todd I. Herrenkohl, David P. Farrington, Devon Brewer, Richard F. Catalano, and Tracy W. Harachi. Section "Predictors of Violent or Serious Delinquency in Adolescence and Early Adulthood," by Mark W. Lipsey and James H. Derzon.

Study Group Members

David M. Altschuler, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Richard F. Catalano, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle.

Julius Debro, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle.

David P. Farrington, Ph.D., University of Cambridge, England.

Peter Greenwood, The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA.

Nancy G. Guerra, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago.

Darnell F. Hawkins, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago.

J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle.

James C. Howell, Ph.D., Institute for Intergovernmental Research, Tallahassee, FL.

David Huizinga, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder.

Barry Krisberg, Ph.D., National Council on Crime and Delinquency, San Francisco, CA.

John H. Laub, Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Marc LeBlanc, Ph.D., University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Mark W. Lipsey, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Rolf Loeber, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, PA.

Walter B. Miller, Ph.D., Cambridge, MA.

Mark H. Moore, Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Howard N. Snyder, Ph.D., National Center for Juvenile Justice, Pittsburgh, PA.

Terence P. Thornberry, Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York.

Patrick H. Tolan, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago.

Gail A. Wasserman, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY.

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