Research on Pathways to Desistance Series

The Pathwaysto Desistance study is a multi-site, longitudinal study of seriousadolescent offenders as they transition from adolescence into earlyadulthood. Between November, 2000 and January, 2003, 1,354 adjudicatedyouths from the juvenile and adult court systems in Maricopa County(Phoenix), Arizona (N = 654) and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (N= 700) were enrolled into the study.

The enrolled youth were atleast 14 years old and under 18 years old at the time of theircommitting offense and were found guilty of a serious offense(predominantly felonies, with a few exceptions for some misdemeanorproperty offenses, sexual assault, or weapons offenses).

Eachstudy participant was followed for a period of seven years pastenrollment, with the end result a comprehensive picture of lifechanges in a wide array of areas over the course of thistime.

The study sought to inform the ongoing debate in thejuvenile justice system regarding the treatment and processing ofserious adolescent offenders. The larger aim of the Pathways series isto improve decision-making by court and social service personnel andto clarify policy debates about alternatives for serious adolescentoffenders.

Additional datasets from the Pathways study will bereleased during 2013. These datasets will includeofficial records information (e.g. re-arrest, placement), and monthlylife-calendar data on a range of topics (e.g. school, work). Theseadditional datasets will not be publicly available, but rather madeavailable through ICPSR's restricted data access system.

Formore information, please visit the Research on Pathways toDesistance web site.