Devany Savage

Devany Savage is a graduate student at the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, with a concentration in Social Change and Innovation. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of San Diego. She also received a Juris Doctor degree and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. Her interests are rooted in her desire to advocate for the underrepresented and underserved. She has experience in the public sector, including internships at the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender and the Center for Community Solutions. She has a passion for criminal justice with an emphasis on juvenile justice. Devany is a first-semester intern and plans to continue research on juvenile justice while at the SISGI Group, with the hopes of opening a holistic juvenile rehabilitation center in the future.

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Education Reform: Helping Maltreated Youth by Increasing Protective Factors in Schools

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Child maltreatment is associated with a disruption in early brain development and long-term consequences such as behavioral, physical, and mental health problems. Several studies have linked maltreatment to delinquency, and child maltreatment and delinquency to societal problems. Maltreated youth often become “crossover youth” or “dually involved,” which means that they become a part of multiple …

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Education Reform: Redefining School Safety & Violence Prevention

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School shootings have become rising occurrences that have plagued American culture. In fact, school safety has been a growing issue around the world. About 150 million 13 to 15-year-old students worldwide have said they experience violence in the form of physical fights, bullying, physical punishment by teachers, or attacks on classrooms and campuses. This is …

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