Study / Convenings Overview 2017-11-25T21:43:34+00:00

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

  • 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

  • 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