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Multi-problem risk profiles of youth in custody

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 15 February 2011

Professor Raymond Corrado

Presentation overview

Serious and violent young offenders are an outstanding theoretical and political issue and controversies involving youth justice typically focus disproportionately on these types of offenders. A common political, legal, policy response is to utilize custody as the appropriate sentence. A major related controversy is the disproportionate number of Aboriginal youth sentenced to youth custody and their high school drop-out rates. There is very little research on the types of youth in custody regarding their multi-problem profiles, particularly their educational and mental health problems, and very importantly how these young offenders react to incarceration.

This presentation will describe the multi-problem risk profiles, particularly education and mental health that are evident in a large scale 12-year study on youth in custody in British Columbia, Canada. In addition, youth responses to their custody experiences will be presented and discussed.

Professor Raymond Corrado

Professor Corrado is a full-professor in the School of Criminology and the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. He also is a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall College and the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and a founding member of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University. Professor Corrado also is a co-Director of the BC Centre for Social Responsibility and recently was the former Director of the Centre for Addictions Research British Columbia, SFU Site.

Professor Corrado has co-authored five edited books including, Multi- Problem Violent Youth; Issues in Juvenile Justice; Evaluation and Criminal Justice Policy; and Juvenile Justice in Canada, as well as having published over 100 articles and book chapters on a wide variety policy issues, including juvenile justice, violent young offenders, mental health, adolescent psychopathy, Aboriginal victimization, and terrorism. Currently, Professor Corrado is working on a number of research projects involving gaming issues, Aboriginal issues, and incarcerated serious and violent young offenders. He received his Ph.D from Northwestern in Chicago.

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