Understanding delinquency and reasons why young adolescents disengage in education and later drop out of school has continually puzzled practitioners and theoreticians. While there have been works that have focused on delinquency and disengagement in education, the role that the family plays on reducing delinquency has generally remained unknown. Theoretical concepts that explain the propensities toward delinquent behavior and disengagement in education are discussed comprehensively in this unique book. "Adopted and cited in the 104th Congress, 2nd Session / Senate Document 104-20, Page 13, National Debate Topic for High Schools, 1996-97, (Pursuant to 44 United States Code, Section 1333)." (You may view the full citing at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/sen-rpt-104-20.txt)
Dr. Gala is retired after nearly 28-years of Federal service, of which nearly 21-years were with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Federal Officer/CTS, with a sum of 25-years of experience in law enforcement. Presently, he is the CEO/Chief Research Consultant, and USDOJ Certified PREA Auditor with The Gala Group, Inc. (TN). He also conducts peer reviews for various entities of the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. He serves on a few committees of primary professional organizations and engages in community service. He has 8-years of experience in teaching in higher education and as a P.O.S.T. Instructor. He previously held a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice & Education at a college in South Central Tennessee for 4-years, 2-years as an adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and 2-years as an Associate Professor and full-member of the Graduate Faculty in Criminal Justice in the University of North Carolina System. In addition to the published book with UPA, Dr. Gala had chapters in 4 different edited published books, and several published professional articles, as well as having been an Associate Editor with a professional journal for nearly a decade and a reviewer with three different professional journals (based in Sociology/Criminology). Presently, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal, Multicultural Learning & Teaching.