The Neely Center is in the process of forming a partnership with the Los Angeles County Probation Department as part of an effort to bring knowledge of decision skills to the wider community.

You can read more about Neely Center director Professor Ali Abbas' work with troubled teens below.


The U.S. Department of Justice recorded 2.2 million juvenile arrests in 2003. Juvenile courts handled 1.6 million delinquency cases in 2002, up from 1.1 million in 1985. Nearly 25,000 16-year-olds in residential placement have an average stay of 105 days in public facilities, and about 85 percent of teens admitted into a juvenile detention center return at least once. For these young people, becoming involved with the juvenile detention system is a traumatic experience that carries with it the danger of being drawn into a cycle of repeated offenses. Read more.

Listen to an interview with Neely Center director Professor Ali Abbas discussing his work helping teens make life-changing decisions here.