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Charles H. Shireman (1915 - 2006)
Charles Shireman’s notable contributions were to the field of corrections and juvenile justice, which he pursued as an educator, researcher and writer for more than five decades. His work took him to several cities in the U.S. and to (then) West Germany, where he served the U.S. High Commission as Deputy Chief, Social Services Advisory Staff from 1948 to 1952.
Shireman spent the majority of his career at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration where he taught and conducted research from 1959 until his retirement. He was also co-principal investigator at the National Center for the Assessment of Alternatives to the Juvenile Justice System, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, from 1977 until he retired.
During the 1950’s, he was director of the Hyde Park Youth Project in Chicago and served at the California Youth Authority in the early 1950’s.
He served on numerous assignments as supervisor or team member in surveys and studies of state and local correctional systems undertaken for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the National Study Service, as well as other corrections-related organizations
Charles Shireman earned his PhD at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in 1966. He received his MSW from UCLA in 1954 and his BA from the University of Puget Sound in 1939.
Charles Shireman published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and books on the subject of juvenile justice. Some of the titles include:
Shireman, C. H., & Reamer, F. G. (1986). Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Reamer, F. G., & Shireman, C. H. (1981). Alternatives to the juvenile justice system: Their development and the current “state of the art”. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 32(2), 25-40.
Shireman, C. H. (1979). The Juvenile Justice System: Structure, Problems, and Prospects. University of Chicago, School of social Service Administration.
Shireman, C. H. (1974). The justice system and the practice of social work. Social Work, 19(5), 556-566.
Shireman, C. H. (1963). Casework in Probation and Parole: Considerations in Diagnosis and Treatment. Federal Probation, 27, 51.