Paul Elam

President, Public Policy Associates

Areas of Expertise

  • Crossover youth
  • Disproportionate minority contact
  • Racial and ethnic discrimination
  • Juvenile justice
  • Prisoner reentry
  • Child welfare

Key Findings

  • Using focus group interviews to examine the use of research evidence by juvenile justice and youth service professionals, the study sought to explain why research is underutilized in determining policy and practice. MORE


Paul Elam, President of Public Policy Associates and Public Policy Committee Chair of ACJS, is an expert in racial and ethnic discrimination, juvenile justice, prisoner reentry, and child welfare.

Elam works with the U.S. Department of Justice Swift and Certain Sanctions initiatives; the Governor’s Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; the Annie E. Casey Foundation Expanding the Bench Initiative and the Michigan Department of Education African-American Young Men of Promise Initiative. Previously, Elam consulted with the Michigan Coalition for Race Equity in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice, the Michigan Child Welfare Improvement Task Force and the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative.

He has published numerous reports on topics ranging from racial imbalances in child welfare and juvenile justice to prisoner reentry.

Elam received his Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in Criminology, Family and Child Ecology, Criminal Justice and Urban Studies from Michigan State University.

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