Scientia 2006: Dustin Evan Rhodes

Dustin Evan Rhodes is receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in English. He is a Presidential Scholar, a member of Marywood’s chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma, and Kappa Gamma Pi. Dustin chose to pursue an Honors Degree to challenge himself academically. He feels strongly that Marywood has enabled him to become a well-rounded individual. Dustin has been privileged to go on two service trips, to a Navajo Reservation and Guatemala, and gain experience in service learning. Through cross-country and tennis, he learned to push his body to the utmost and work as a cohesive team. Activities such as writing for The Wood Word and participating in the Marywood University Democrats Club have enabled him to expand his horizons. These various pursuits were made possible by Marywood, and Dustin is thankful for these opportunities. His plans are to enter a teacher certification program and continue his journey of service. Dustin would like to thank Dr. Broughton, for his expertise in statistical analysis and editing. Dr. Foley also offered editorial insights, and Dustin is very grateful. He would also like to thank the many people in the Marywood community who are too numerous to mention, for he feels that he would not be the person that he is today without them. Lastly, Dustin would like to thank his mom and dad, for their unwavering support of his endeavors.

Risk Factors of Young Offenders in American Jails: What Leads Them to a Life of Crime?

Director: Dr. Walter Broughton
Reader: Dr. Michael Foley


Columbine massacre. Jonesboro, Arkansas. Incidents such as these have brought young offenders into the media in recent years. With this awareness come cries for more culpability and for actions taken to make juveniles pay. People believe that they are encountering a new wave of crime by youth who have no chance of being reformed. Juvenile crime has been handled in different ways in America’s history, and the problem has not been solved. First, this paper explores the history of attempting to reduce juvenile crime in America, providing a background for recent research. Second, the paper addresses contemporary issues of juvenile crime. Third, the research question will be discussed. I will attempt to predict age of first offense using variables from a Bureau of Justice Statistics data set. By doing this, I am attempting to discover factors that may cause juvenile crime. With these factors, juvenile crime could be reduced.

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