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University Of Pittsburgh Receives $499,000 Justice Grant To Continue Adolescent Offenders Study

September 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ The University of Pittsburgh has been awarded a $499,256 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to continue an adolescent offenders study, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

FY 10 Demonstration Programs Division Grant Number 2007‑MU‑FX‑0002 was awarded on Sept. 16, 2010, to the University of Pittsburgh, Office of Research/University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Through the grant, the University of Pittsburgh will continue to conduct the Pathways to Desistance study, an ongoing investigation of how serious adolescent offenders stop their involvement in crime and make successful transitions to adulthood.  This study is a multi‑site, collaborative, longitudinal research project following 1,354 serious juvenile offenders.  The study identifies variations in patterns of desistance from antisocial activity; and examines the role of social context, developmental change, and system involvement in promoting change.  The study provides empirical information needed to improve decision‑making by court and social service personnel about juveniles, future risk and amenability to treatment, as well as guidance for ongoing policy debates about alternative approaches for dealing with serious young offenders.

For more information about this grant, contact the Office of Justice Programs Office of Communications at 202‑307‑0703.

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at

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