'I Had to Actually Meet Them'
by Anna Robaton-Winthrop | Pacific University
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

When it comes to juvenile offenders, most Americans prefer to look away. Few of us have any real insight into the experiences of children and teens caught up in the juvenile justice system.

“When people approach the topic of juvenile justice, they are, more often than not, unable to relate to the kind of people involved in the system, and tend to see them as scary teenagers or bad kids,” said Taryn VanderPyl, a visiting assistant professor in Pacific University’s Criminal Justice, Law & Society undergraduate program.

The phenomenon, called “othering,” is one that VanderPyl has sought to combat through her juvenile justice and delinquency course. 



About Taryn VanderPyl, PhD

Dr. Taryn VanderPyl is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Sciences at Western Oregon University. Her research focuses on interventions within and legislation concerning juvenile and adult corrections that affect reentry and recidivism, as well as addressing social hostility toward those with justice system involvement. Dr. VanderPyl’s earlier experiences as a high school special education teacher and consultant, as well as 
a foster parent, have contributed to her
research and activism regarding
disproportionate representations of
vulnerable and marginalized populations
in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. 
Her work on affecting the outcomes of youth
and adults in these systems has led to
participation in numerous academic,
behavioral, and reintegration programs in
both juvenile and adult correctional facilities
with a priority on emphasizing the voices of
those seldom heard. Dr. VanderPyl has
presented on behalf of her research
participants and fellow change agents at
multiple national and regional criminal justice
conferences and published in peer-reviewed
journals across various related fields of study.



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