Study / Convenings Overview
A study and series of convenings will be conducted with the short-term goal to curb the number of teen auto thefts, and long-term goal to address root causes like the conditions and systemic failures that lead to repeat auto thefts by youth.
- Community meetings (five planned but will do more as needed) to share the study approach and process, and garner public feedback from those directly impacted by auto theft – both youth at risk of stealing cars and the wider community.
Study Research (initial list, with additional topics to be added throughout process)
- National best practices and national models
- Analysis of the systems and processes of juvenile arrest-detention-release-reoffend cycle.
- Root Cause Analysis of the conditions and systemic failures that lead to repeat auto thefts by youth, in particular analyzing conditions for youth who have repeatedly stolen cars
- Structural data for at-risk youth: poverty, quality of education, before- and after-school activities, parks and recreation opportunities, and other indicators that applies a Social Determinants of Health framework)
- Pathway Analysis connecting social determinant of health conditions to youth behaviors
- Interviews with more than 30 national, state and local experts
- Interviews with youth who have stolen cars or those at risk for stealing cars and their families
- National / international literature review to identify programs that address youth auto theft and similar offenses
- Interviews with youth arrested for auto theft and their parents
- Suggested changes to Prolific Offender Law, based on evidence of what does and does not work
- Recommendations for evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for youth
- Changes to state and local policies and systems
- Amount of funding needed from federal and state government for prevention and intervention programming
- Convenings (three planned) with experts outlining recommended solutions and decision-makers adopting solutions.
General Timeline for Implementation
(note, project started in October 2017)
- October: Project start-up such as forming Community Advisory Group, in-depth research by project leaders, research methodology, and identifying national, state and local experts to interview
- November: Study begins with national research on best practices and a search for national models. In-depth analysis of systems and processes (state and local) begins.
- December: Study continues. Community meetings begin.
- January 2018: Study released end of the month. Community meetings continue.
- February: Convenings to prioritize and adopt solutions that suit local needs best
- March: Convenings to prioritize and adopt solutions that suit local needs best
- April: Community reporting