Joshua Wakeham

2008 Rappaport Institute/Taubman Center Public Policy Doctoral Fellow

May 1, 2008
Graduate Degree:Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate School:Williams College
Areas of interest:Social Services, Youth Issues
Agency:Department of Youth Services
Supervisor:Edward Dolan, Deputy Commissioner
Project Description:Joshua Wakeham spent the summer at the Department of Youth Services examining its sentencing process. He did this in two distinct ways: looking at overall trends and observing actual practices. He collected data from dozens of intake files about the assessment and eventual sentence of committed youth from DYS’s Metro Area Office. He also sat in on the actual sentencing hearings with the staff, the client, and the family to see how sentencing policy was actually implemented on a day-to-day basis. Preliminary results revealed some important and interesting patterns that merit further research. As a result of this initial project and the enthusiastic support of DYS, Joshua plans to continue this project throughout the school year. Early results show promise for both practical policy concerns and broader theoretical implications.