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Biography

Scott H. Decker

            Scott H. Decker is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. IN 2009 he received the University Award for Cutting Edge Research in 2009, and in 2010 was named a Foundation Professor. Prior to working at ASU, he was Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UM-St. Louis where he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research in 1989 and in 2001 was named Curators' Professor.  He was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2007, and was the Hindelang Lecturer at the University at Albany in 2009. In March, 2011 he won the Bruce Smith Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He is the author of 17 books, over 150 articles and chapters, and more than one hundred presentations in the US, Canada, Europe and Central America. His research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and National Institute on Drug Abuse.

 

            Professor Decker's primary research focus has been on criminal justice policy, gangs, violence, and the offender’s perspective.  Four of his books have won major awards: Life in the Gang: Family, Friends and Violence, (Cambridge University Press, 1996) , Burglars on the Job: Streetlife and Residential Burglary (Northeastern University Press, 1994), Lessons from the Inside: Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling (Temple, 2008) and European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups (Alta Mira, 2005).

Research Interests

Criminal Justice Policy

Gangs

The Offenders Perspective

Publications
  • Pyrooz, David C., Scott H. Decker and *Richard K. Moule Jr. "The Contribution of Gang Membership to the Victim-Offender Overlap.". Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (2014).
  • G. David Curry, Scott H. Decker and David C. Pyrooz. Confronting Gangs: Crime and ommunity. (2014).
  • . . Review of: Strategies for Preventing Terrorism: A Holistic Approach (2014).
  • Alpert, Geoff, Jeff Rojek, Scott H. Decker, J. Andrew Hansen, Randy Shannon, Ryan Alpert and Daniel Radakovich. Perceptions of gang involvement among college student athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Management (2013).
  • David C. Pyrooz, Richard Moule, Jr. and Scott H. Decker. Criminal and routine activities in online settings: Gangs, offenders, and the Internet. Justice Quarterly (2013).
  • David Pyrooz and Scott H. Decker. Delinquent Behavior, Violence and Gang Involvement in China. Journal of Quantitative Criminology (2013).
  • Jeff Rojek, Scott H. Decker, Geoffrey P. Alpert, and J. Andrew Hansen. Is the quarterback a ‘crip’: The presence of gangs in collegiate athletic programs. Criminal Justice Review (2013).
  • Lewis, Paul, Monica Varsanyi, Doris Marie Provine and Scott Decker. Why Do (Some) City Police Departments Enforce Federal Immigration Law? Political, Demographic, and Organizational Influences on Local Choices. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2013).
  • Moule, Richard K. Jr., David C. Pyrooz & Scott H. Decker. From ‘What the F#@% is a Facebook?’ to ‘Who Doesn’t Use Facebook?’: The role of criminal lifestyles in the adoption and use of the Internet. Social Science Research (2013).
  • O’Neal EN, Decker, S.H., Spohn, C., & Tellis, K. Condom use during sexual assault. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2013).
  • Scott H. Decker, Chris Melde and David Pyrooz. What do we know about gangs, and where do we go from here?. Justice Quarterly (2013).
  • Stevenson, Philip, Charles Katz and Scott Decker. The Foundation of an Evidence-Based Justice System: The Need for Meaningful Academic and Applied Researcher Partnerships. Translational Criminology (2013).
  • Taylor, Melanie, Scott H. Decker, and Charles Katz. Consent Decrees and Juvenile Corrections in Arizona: What Happens When Oversight Ends. JRSA FORUM (2013).
  • G. David Curry, Scott H. Decker and David C. Pyrooz. Confronting Gangs: Crime and Community. (2013).
  • Scott H. Decker and David C. Pyrooz. Gangs as Organized Crime Groups. The Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime (2013).
  • Marie Provine, Paul Lewis, Monica Varsanyi and Scott H. Decker. A Multilayered Jurisdictional Patchwork: Immigration Federalism in the United States. Law and Policy Quarterly (2012).
  • Rojek, Jeffrey, Richard Rosenfeld and Scott H. Decker. Policing Race: The Racial Stratification of Race in Police Traffic Stops. Criminology (2012).
  • Scott H. Decker and David Pyrooz. Gang Offending and Online Behavior. JRSA Forum (2012).
  • Scott H. Decker, Paul G. Lewis, Doris Marie Provine, and Monica W. Varsanyi. Local Policing, Local Communities, and Immigration: Results from Three Nationwide Surveys of Law Enforcement Executives. Law Enforcement Executive Forum (2012).
  • David C. Pyrooz, Andrew M. Fox, Charles M. Katz and Scott H. Decker. Gang Organization, Offending and Victimization: A Cross National Analysis. The Eurogang Research Platform (2012).
  • Doris Marie Provine, Monica W. Varsanyi, Paul G. Lewis, and Scott H. Decker. Growing Tensions between Civic Membership and Enforcement in the Devolution of Immigration Control. Immigration (2012).
  • Melanie Taylor, Donna Bishop and Scott H. Decker. Punishment and Control: Juvenile Justice Reform in the U.S. Juvenile Justice in America (2012).
  • David Pyrooz, Scott H. Decker and Vincent J. Webb. The Ties that Bind: Leaving the Gang. Crime and Delinquency (2011).
  • Richard Rosenfeld, Jeff Rojek and Scott H. Decker. Age Matters: Race Differences in Police Searches of Young and Older Male Drivers. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (2011).
  • Scott H. Decker and David Pyrooz. Gangs, Terrorism, and Radicalization. Journal of Strategic Security (2011).
  • David C. Pyrooz and Scott H. Decker. Motifs et modalités de sortie d’unebandeorganisée : compréhension du processus de retraitd’unebande. (Motives and Methods for Leaving the Gang: Understanding the Process of Gang Desistance.). Sortir de la délinquance. Théories, enquêtes, perspectives internationales. (Desisting from Delinquency: International Theories and Perspectives.) (2011).
  • Scott H. Decker and *David C. Pyrooz. Contemporary Gang Ethnographies. The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory (2011).
  • Hugh Barlow and Scott Decker. Criminology and Public Policy: Putting Theory to Work. (2010).
  • Patricia Naber, David May, Scott Decker, Kevin Minor, James Wells. Are there Gangs in Schools?: It Depends upon Whom You Ask. Journal of School Violence (2006).
  • Junger-Tas, Josine, Decker, Scott Henderson. The International Handbook of Juvenile Justice. (2006).
  • Chuck Katz, Vince Webb, Scott Decker. Using the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) Program to Further Understand the Relationship between Drug Use and Gang Membership. Justice Quarterly (2005).
  • Rick Ruddell, Scott Decker. Kids and Assault Weapons: Social Problem or Social Construction?. Criminal Justice Review (2005).
  • Decker, Scott Henderson, Weerman, Frank. European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups. (2005).
  • Carlsson, Yngve (Author) ,Decker, Scott Henderson (Author) . Gang and Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention: Contrasting the Experience of the Scandinavian Welfare State with the United States. European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups (2005).
  • Decker, Scott Henderson (Author) ,Rojek, Jeff (Author) ,Baumer, Eric (Author) . A Century - or more - of Homicide in St. Louis. St. Louis Metromorphosis: Past Trends and Future Directions. Missouri Historical Society (2005).
  • Decker, Scott Henderson (Author) ,Rosenfeld, Richard (Author) ,Burruss, George (Author) . Evaluating Elusive Programs: The Case of the St. Louis Consent to Search Program. Policing and Program Evaluation (2005).
  • Weerman, Frank (Author) ,Decker, Scott Henderson (Author) . European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups: Findings from the Eurogang Research Program. European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups (2005).
  • Jeff Rojek, Richard Rosenfeld, Scott Decker. The Influence of Driver's Race on Traffic Stops in Missouri. (2004).
  • Jenna St Cyr, Scott Decker. Guys, Girls and Gangs: Convergence or Divergence in the Gendered onstruction of Gangs and Groups. Journal of Criminal Justice (2004).
  • Decker, Scott Henderson. From the Street to the Prison: Understanding and Responding to Gangs. (2004).
  • George Burruss, Scott Decker. Deterrence and Police Problem Solving: A Research Note Examining the Gun Seizure Process. Journal of Criminal Justice (2003).
  • Lynn Urban, Jenna St Cyr, Scott Decker, Josine Junger-Tas. Goal Conflict in the Juvenile Court: The Evolution of Sentencing Practices in the United States. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (2003).
  • Scott Decker. Advertising Against Crime: The Potential Impact of Publicity in Crime Prevention. Criminology and Public Policy (2003).
  • G David Curry, Scott Decker, H Arlen Egley. Gang Involvement and Delinquency in a Middle School Population. Justice Quarterly (2002).
  • Mary Layne, Scott Decker, Margaret Townsend, Caben Chester. Drug Smuggling. Trends in Organized Crime (2002).
  • Decker, Scott Henderson. Policing Gangs and Youth Violence. (2002).
  • Decker, Scott Henderson, Alarid, Leanne F, Katz, Charles. Controversies in Criminal Justice. (2002).
  • Reed, Winnie, Decker, Scott Henderson. Responding to Gangs: Evaluation and Research. (2002).
  • . . Policing and Program Evaluation (2002).
  • . . Policing Gangs and Youth Violence (2002).
  • . . Rational Choice and Criminal Behavior: Recent Research and Future Challenges (2002).
  • . . Responding to Gangs: Evaluation and Research (2002).
  • Jody Miller, Scott Decker. Young Women and Gang Violence: Gender, Street Offending, and Violent Victimization in Gangs. Justice Quarterly (2001).
  • Mark Fleisher, Scott Decker. An Overview of the Challenge of Prison Gangs. Corrections Management Quarterly (2001).
  • Mark Fleisher, Scott Decker. Going Home, Staying Home: Integrating Prison Gang Members into the Community. Corrections Management Quarterly (2001).
  • . . Contemporary Gangs in America: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2001).
  • . . The Modern Gang Reader (2001).
  • Scott Decker. Doing fieldwork with active gang members: Gettin' down on the set. Focaal (2000).
  • Scott Decker. Legitimating Drug Use: A Note on the Impact of Gang Membership And Drug Sales on the Use of Illicit Drugs. Justice Quarterly (2000).
  • Scott Decker, G David Curry. Addressing Key Features of Gang Membership: Measuring the Involvement of Young Members. Journal of Criminal Justice (2000).
  • Scott Decker, G David Curry. Responding to Gangs: Comparing Gang Member, Police and Task Force Perspectives. Journal of Criminal Justice (2000).
  • . . Contemporary Gangs in America: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2000).
  • Decker, Scott Henderson (Author) . The Impact of Gang Structure and Organization on Gang Behavior. The Eurogang Paradox: Youth Groups and Gangs in Europe and America (2000).
  • Pyrooz, David C. and Scott H. Decker. Recent Research on Disengaging from Gangs: Implications for Practice. Effective Interventions in the Lives of Criminal Offenders (0).
  • Pyrooz, David C. and Scott H. Decker. Recent Research on Disengaging from Gangs: Implications for Practice. Effective Interventions in the Lives of Criminal Offenders (0).
  • Scott H. Decker. What Can the Police and Other Justice System Partners do to Prevent Gang Membership?. Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 602Seminar, CJ Policy & Practice
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 613Qualitative Methods
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 201Crime Control Policies
CRJ 462Gangs
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 611Adv Topics Crime&Victimization
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 602Seminar, CJ Policy & Practice
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 464Organized Crime
CRJ 613Qualitative Methods
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 492Honors Directed Study
CRJ 493Honors Thesis
CRJ 499Individualized Instruction
CRJ 505Thry & Prac Criminal Justice
CRJ 590Reading and Conference
CRJ 592Research
CRJ 595Continuing Registration
CRJ 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 492Honors Directed Study
CRJ 493Honors Thesis
CRJ 499Individualized Instruction
CRJ 505Thry & Prac Criminal Justice
CRJ 595Continuing Registration
CRJ 599Thesis
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Scott Decker and David Pyrooz. Are Gangs Becoming Radicalised? Evidence from Internet Use Among Gangs in Five US CIties. Inaugural VOX-Pol Conference: Violent Online Political Extremism: Setting a Research Agenda. Europea (Aug 2014).
  • Scott H. Decker, David Pyrooz and Richard Moule. Trajectories of Gang Membership and Differential Consequences in the Life-course: Results from a National Sample. The 65th meeting of the American Society of Criminology (Nov 2013).
  • Scott H. Decker, David Pyrooz and Richard Moule. Disrespect in the Digital Age: The Code of the Street and Online Offending. The 65th meeting of the American Society of Criminology (Nov 2013).
  • Scott H Decker, Natalie Ortiz and Cassia Spohn. The Gendering of Criminal Stigma: An Experiment Testing the Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Incarceration on Women’s Employment Probabilities. The 65th meeting of the American Society of Criminology (Nov 2013).
  • Scott H. Decker. "Peers, Gangs, and Networks". American Society of Criminology - Student Affairs 'Students Meet Scholars' (Nov 2013).
  • Scott H. Decker. Responding to Gangs and Gang Members. The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education (Dec 2012).
Service
  • Baltimore Sun, Story on recidivism. Featured in The Crime Report, online daily review of crime and criminal justice, Guest Speaker (2013 - Present)
  • Sociological Spectrum, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Qualitative Criminology and Criminal Justice, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • USA Today, Page 1 story on use of social media by gangs, Guest Speaker (2013 - Present)
  • World Medical and Health Policy, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • KCXX. NPR Los Angeles, Guest Speaker (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Experimental Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Criminal Justice, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Justice Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Drug Issues, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Strategic Security, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Adolescence, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Aggressive Behavior, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • American Journal of Public Health, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2013 - Present)
  • Channel 12, Phoenix, AZ, story on gangs and arrests., Guest Speaker (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Criminal Justice, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Crime, Law and Social Change, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • KTAR, Guest Speaker (2012 - Present)
  • Homicide Studies, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Kent State University Press, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Press (2012 - Present)
  • Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Experimental Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Justice Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Wiley-Blackwell, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Press (2012 - Present)
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Academy Fellow Committee (2012 - Present)
  • American Sociological Review, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Assistant Chief Review Board. ASU Police, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review, Editorial Board Member (2012 - Present)
  • Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2012 - Present)
  • National Advisory Board, Blueprints Project. Centers for Disease Control, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Beijing Law Review, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • CBS Evening News, Guest Speaker (2011 - Present)
  • CBS Morning Show, Guest Speaker (2011 - Present)
  • Delaware News Journal, Guest Speaker (2011 - Present)
  • Sports Illustrated, Guest Speaker (2011 - Present)
  • CBS Sports Online, Guest Speaker (2011 - Present)
  • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Social Problems, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • International Criminal Justice Review, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Journal of Criminal Justice, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Responding to Youth Gangs. The Southwest Law Enforcement Conference. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Glendale, AZ. 2011, Speaker (2011 - Present)
  • Global Crime, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Criminology and Public Policy, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • European Journal of Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Justice Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • European Sociological Review, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Police Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Ethnography, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Journal of Forensic Sciences, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Justice Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Crime and Delinquency, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • Journal of Legal Studies, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journal (2011 - Present)
  • National Institute of Justice, Panel Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • University of Chicago Press, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Press (2011 - Present)
  • Journal of Criminal Justice, Editorial Board Member (2010 - Present)
  • Justice Quarterly, Editorial Board Member (2010 - Present)
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Editorial Board Member (2008 - Present)
  • Crime, Law and Society Change, Editorial Board Member (2007 - Present)
  • Criminal Justice Review, Editorial Board Member (2007 - Present)
  • Criminology, Editorial Board Member (2007 - Present)
  • North American Center for Trans Border Studies, Member (2007 - Present)
  • National Advisory Board, Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence. Kent State University., Member (2006 - Present)
  • School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Arizona State University, Director (2006 - Present)
  • Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Editorial Board Member (2006 - Present)
  • Mayor's Crime Group. City of St. Louis, Member (2002 - Present)
  • Criminology, Editorial Board Member (2007 - 2017)
  • Journal of Criminal Justice, Editorial Board Member (2010 - 2015)
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Editorial Board Member (2008 - 2015)
  • Criminal Justice Review, Editorial Board Member (2007 - 2015)
  • Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Editorial Board Member (2006 - 2015)
  • Assorted Criminology, Sociology and Adolescence Journals -42 manuscripts reviewed, Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • New York University Press, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Press (2012 - 2013)
  • MacArthur Fellowship Program, Nominee Reviewer (2011 - 2013)
  • National Science Foundation, Funding Proposal Reviewer (2011 - 2013)
  • American Society of Criminology. Sutherland Committee, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Racial Profiling in Missouri / Missouri Attorney General's Office, Researcher (2011 - 2013)
  • Oxford University Press, Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Press (2011 - 2012)
  • American Society of Criminology. Nominations Committee, Member (2010 - 2012)
  • American Society of Criminology, Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology & Criminal Justice, President (2010 - 2011)
  • American Society of Criminology, Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Vice President (2009 - 2010)
  • College of Arts and Sciences, UM-St. Louis, Policy Committee (2006 - 2006)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice, UM-St. Louis, Chairperson (2006 - 2006)
  • Criminal Justice Review, Editorial Board Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Criminology, Associate Editor (2002 - 2004)
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Editorial Board Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Senate Committee on Research and Publications, Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Justice Research and Policy, Associate Editor (1999 - 2002)
  • Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Editorial Board Member (Present)