Scott H. Decker is Curator’s Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Fellow, Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His main
research interests are in the areas of gangs, juvenile justice, criminal justice policy, and the offender's perspective. He is the research partner for Project Safe Neighborhoods in
the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois. He is completing an evaluation of the Juvenile Accountability Incentives Block Grant and SafeFutures
programs in St. Louis. His most recent books include Life in the Gang (Cambridge), Confronting Gangs (Roxbury), Policing Gangs and Youth Violence (Wadsworth), Responding to Gangs (National Institute of Justice), and European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups (Alta Mira Press). Decker received a bachelor’s degree in social justice from
DePauw University, and a master’s and doctorate in criminology from Florida State University.