Nov. 5: Talk on juvenile justice

Public’s Attitude Toward Juveniles Who Commit Crimes: The Relationship Between Assessments of Adolescent Development and Attitudes Toward Severity of Punishment

A talk by Dr. Terrence Allen

DATE: Tuesday, November 5th
TIME: 1-2 pm
PLACE: Rm. 1.214 at the School of Social Work


This talk is part of the Center for Social Work Research Brown Bag Series. Dr. Allen will present his study examining the link between assessments of child and adolescent development and attitudes toward the appropriate level of punishment for juveniles, particularly juveniles who have committed homicide or assisted in homicide. Using representative statewide survey data, multivariate analytic techniques were employed to investigate the extent to which a set of measures assessing youth maturity and responsibility were associated with a set of variables that measured how harshly juveniles should be treated by the justice system.

Dr. Terrence Allen is an associate professor in the Social Work program at North Carolina Central University.  Before moving to North Carolina in 2010 to become the coordinator of the juvenile justice program, he was on the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan for seven years. Dr. Allen has a combined twenty-eight years of practice and research experience. His specific areas of expertise are the intersection between the child welfare, juvenile justice, education and mental health systems and the interaction between police and juvenile in urban communities.