With the support of the William T. Grant Foundation, Professor John Laub is starting a new three-year project with Vincent Schiraldi, a Senior Research Fellow directing the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). This project involves the creation of Learning Community for Young Adults in the Justice System. There are increasing discussions taking place across the country regarding the current response to young adults in the justice system. Several states and local jurisdictions are considering alternative policies and practices towards this special group. The underlying idea of the learning community is to get in on the ground floor and assist a selective group of sites that are implementing or considering policy changes for this age group. The researchers want to be sure that reform efforts draw on the known empirical research regarding young adults in general as well as those involved in the justice system. The plan is for the selected sites and a small cadre of researchers to meet twice a year to discuss reform efforts, challenges, and research gaps.
Vincent “Vinny” Schiraldi has a long experience in public life, including serving as the director of juvenile corrections in Washington, DC, and the Commissioner of the New York City of Department of Probation. Vinny is committed to improving the lives of young people enmeshed in the justice system.