Scott Decker

Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Areas of Expertise


  • Gangs
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Offender’s perspective
  • Violence
  • Youth crime
  • Crime control

Key Findings


Biography


Scott Decker, Foundation Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the Arizona State University, is an expert in gangs, youth crime and crime control.

Decker served as a professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Indiana University – Ft. Wayne. He also served as a member of the St. Louis Crime Commission, The Mayor’s Task Force on Gangs and Drugs for the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis Public Schools’ Anti-Drug, Anti-Gang Task Force. He has received honors and awards from the American Society of Criminology, the University of Missouri and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Decker has published chapters and articles in scholarly journals as well as authored books including Life in the Gang: Family, Friends and Violence, Burglars on the Job: Streetlife and Residential Burglary and Lessons from the Inside: Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling.

He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in criminology at Florida State University and B.A. at DePauw University.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @DeckerCrime

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