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David M. Altschuler, Ph.D.
Principal Research Scientist
Juvenile justice and youth crime
Drug involvement and other crime

The primary focus of my work is juvenile justice reform and youth crime. It seems to me that the real test of our humanity, decency, and virtue as a society is how we treat, handle, and punish those among us who make mistakes, have problems, and commit crimes. There are many reasons why juveniles get into trouble with the law, and society certainly has a right to protect itself from those who pose a threat. But, does the fact that some of our young people learn from their mistakes more slowly than others, and that some youngsters make more mistakes or more serious ones, mean that we should give up on them? Can we not help those young people who have broken the law to make amends and get on an acceptable path? Can we resist the temptation to respond punitively to antisocial and even violent acts? How can this best be accomplished? For two decades, these questions have been the driving force in my work, with its focus on conducting action-oriented research and helping develop and implement federal, state, and local juvenile justice policy and programs.

 Dr. Altschuler holds a Ph.D. in social service administration and an M.A. in urban studies, both from the University of Chicago. In addition to his teaching, he directs a national demonstration initiative on intensive juvenile aftercare for the U.S. Justice Department. He is also a consultant to numerous states, national organizations, and local groups.


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Current Research/Projects

Juvenile Assessment, Referral, Placement, and Treatment Planning (JARPP)

Course Offerings

195.685 Adolescents, Crime and Justice