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About the Authors
Barry A. Krisberg has been the president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) since 1983. He is known nationally for his research and expertise on juvenile justice issues and is called upon as a resource for professionals and the media. Dr. Krisberg received his master's degree in criminology and a doctorate in sociology, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Krisberg has held several educational posts. He was a faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley; he was also an adjunct professor with the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Krisberg was appointed by the legislature to serve on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management. His memberships include the American Correctional Association, the National Association of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, and the Association of Criminal Justice Researchers. He is past president and fellow of the Western Society of Criminology and is the Chair of the California Attorney General's Research Advisory Committee. In 1993 he was the recipient of the August Vollmer Award, the American Society of Criminology s most prestigious award. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund named him the 1999 Grantee of the Year for his outstanding commitment and expertise in the area of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.Dr. Krisberg has several books and articles to his credit including Crime and Privilege; The Children of Ishmael: Critical Perspectives on Juvenile Justice with James Austin, Ph.D.; Juvenile Justice: Improving the Quality of Care; Reinventing Juvenile Justice with Dr. Austin; and A Sourcebook: Serious, Violent, & Chronic Juvenile Offenders with James C. Howell, Ph.D.; J. David Hawkins, Ph.D.; and John J. Wilson, Esq.Dr. Krisberg is frequently called upon by private foundations to assist with the design, implementation and evaluation of programs - both their own and those of the public sector. For example, most recently, he was the Chair on an expert panel reviewing the conditions and policies of the California Youth Authority. The Annie E. Casey Foundation engaged him to assess the effectiveness of their Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, the single largest private program for juvenile justice system reform in the country. The Walter Johnson Foundation asked that he lead a Blue Ribbon Commission on California s policy of out-of-state placement of delinquent youth. Baptist Community Ministries has sought his expertise on assessing the needs of troubled youth in the greater New Orleans area and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked that he prepare a white paper on delinquency and substance abuse.Dr. Krisberg regularly appears as an expert on national network news shows about criminal justice issues and is frequently consulted by the leading print media.
J. Clay Smith, Jr., is Professor of Law and formerly Dean at the Howard University School of Law. He has served as President of the Washington Bar Association, as National President of the Federal Bar Association, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter U.S. Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of which he later served as Acting Chairman under President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers and editor of Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings of Thurgood Marshall.
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