Mr. DeMuro has more than forty-one years experience working on juvenile justice and child welfare issues. In the early 1970's, he helped Commissioner Jerry Miller close the Massachusetts training schools, replacing them with an effective continuum of community-based programs. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. DeMuro worked in Chicago where he planned and implemented a model juvenile justice diversion project, the Unified Delinquency Intervention Services (UDIS). In the mid-1970's, he became the first Director of the Office of Corrections Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education; that office had the responsibility for all educational services in the state's adult prisons and juvenile institutions. Subsequently, the Governor of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. DeMuro as Commissioner of Children and Youth. In that capacity he supervised Pennsylvania's county-delivered, state regulated, child welfare system. He was responsible for all child welfare policies and regulations and statewide budget issues. As Commissioner, he helped implement a number of child welfare and juvenile justice funding and program reforms. In the late 1970's, Mr. DeMuro joined the National Council on Crime and Delinquency as Vice-president for program services where he planned and directed several national juvenile justice initiatives, including a successful model program designed for violent offenders.
Mr. DeMuro presently serves as a senior consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and to the National Juvenile Detention Association. He has been involved in a number of the Foundation's child welfare and juvenile justice initiatives. Mr. DeMuro has held appointments as a Federal Court Monitor for child welfare and juvenile justice consent decrees in Oklahoma and in Florida. He currently is the Federal Court Monitor in a juvenile detention case in New Orleans. He often helps resolve (mediate) pending court litigation. Mr. DeMuro has helped juvenile justice and child welfare jurisdictions settle long-standing litigation.
Mr. DeMuro regularly consults with a variety of county, state and federal agencies regarding improving services for court related youths. He is an expert on conditions of confinement in secure facilities and has often been retained by the United States Justice Department, Civil Rights Division. He also has substantial experience developing quality community-based alternatives to residential care for child welfare and juvenile justice children and youth.
Mr. DeMuro has managed secure facilities and has designed and managed systems of model community programs. He has co-authored a book on the California juvenile justice system (Reforming the CYA) and has edited a book on violent juvenile offenders (Violent Juvenile Offenders: An Anthology). He has published a number of articles and has written a variety of reports and studies regarding improving services for child welfare and juvenile justice children and youth.
Mr. DeMuro holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Villanova. He is married with four children and six grandchildren.