Professor James Swartz is working with the Illinois Department of Human Services to gain a better understanding of the opioid crisis in Illinois and to reduce deaths from overdoses.
In Illinois, 59% of all youth will return to an Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice facility within three years of their initial date of release (IDJJ, 2015). Knowing this, what steps can we take to support young people in their transition back into their communities? Robert Wilson, PhD, conducts research on how systems and communities support youth who have come in contact with the juvenile justice system.
Who and where are the victims of domestic minor sex trafficking in Chicago? Charles Hounmenou, PhD, is conducting research to explore the characteristics of child prostitution in Chicago, estimate the hard-to-reach population of victims still out there, and assess their service needs.
Dr. McLeod’s overall research interest relates to the well-being of African American males and their families. Given the overrepresentation of African American males in the criminal justice system, Dr. McLeod’s research focuses on the experiences of Black males who have had contact with the criminal justice system.