Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Assessing School-to-Prison Pipeline

This project will provide empirical evidence to practitioners and policymakers with an assessment of the use of school-based referrals to the juvenile justice system, a practice that has been relatively ignored in the research literature. Using data from the FDJJ Juvenile Justice Information System, the Florida Department of Education, and county contextual measures, cohorts of youths who received school-based referrals to FDJJ and youths who received referrals outside of schools will be created for the years 2004 to 2011. Analyses will provide practitioners and policymakers with important information as to the consequences of school-based referrals and whether these youth are adversely impacted relative to their future offending and immersion in the juvenile justice system.


Principal Investigator:  William Bales, Ph.D.

Project Director: George Pesta, Ph.D.

Research Advisor: Thomas Blomberg, Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology

Research Partner: Mark Greenwald, Department of Juvenile Justice

Graduate Students: Julie Mestre Brancale and Melissa Nadel

Dates: January 2014 to December 2017

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice

Funding Amount: $495,000