Justice for Juveniles

SpriggsBDr. Christopher R. Spriggs, who graduated in January from WilmU’s DBA program, was gaining attention from The White House even before he finished his dissertation. His rigorous coursework afforded him the skills necessary to contribute significantly to his field.

Spriggs, who has worked in the juvenile services field for more than 20 years, is the administrator of The Glen Mills Schools in Pennsylvania, the nation’s oldest existing school for troubled youth. His research garnered attention from Robert Listenbee, administrator of the Obama administration’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, for several reasons: the juvenile justice field is in the midst of significant reform efforts; his work represents the first national study in juvenile justice that evaluates perceived employee commitment and train-ing effectiveness; and since Congress is preparing to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, Spriggs’ research may be utilized to drive training policies and best practices.

“All 50 states were represented in my research, with more than 2,300 responses (received) nationally,” says Spriggs, add-ing that the goal of his data analysis was to identify training variables that increased organizational commitment. “The improvement of training effectiveness should increase organizational commit-ment in employees and significantly reduce turnover and absenteeism, while increasing organizational effectiveness and efficiency.”

Both The Journal of Juvenile Justice and the Journal of Applied Juvenile Justice Services have invited Spriggs to submit a manuscript for publishing. WU