Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Bichler, Gisela

Second Advisor

Famega, Christine

Third Advisor

Sechrest, Dale


This research will examine the movements of juvenile deliquents residing in the desert communities of Southern California. The purpose of this study was to shed light on the distances routinely traveled by juvenile delinquents to reach their activity places, including recreational locations and school. The research used juveline offender data from an ongoing evaluation of a Riverside County, California youth diversion program. This study examines juveniles in 56 California cities most of which would be classified as rural. By understanding how far juveniles can travel and by what means, it may be possible to gain perspective on how to develop policies to improve policing or alternative prevention and intervention policies.