The challenges shaping the life chances of boys and young men of color are well-documented but still shocking. A new book, edited by Dean Edley and Jorge Ruiz de Velasco sheds light on the urgent need to understand the factors that affect young men and boys of color as they make critical decisions in their lives.

What happens when individuals leave prison and return to their communities? Too often, they face unemployment and low wages. In a new report, the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice argues that California can do better at finding job opportunities for the growing number of people with criminal records.

When is the right time to object to how you are going to die? The question looms large for thousands of death row inmates. Assistant Clinical Professor Ty Alper examines how courts have begun to dismiss method-of-execution challenges based on statute-of-limitations grounds. He proposes a new approach.

How much does immigration contribute to the crime problem in California? Immigration has increased steadily in the state, notes Senior Fellow Barry Krisberg. But “crime has shown a large and steady decline in California.” In his new study, Krisberg finds no evidence linking immigration to a “crime emergency.” 

How do Family and Medical Leave Act rights operate in practice in the courts and workplace? Professor Catherine Albiston examines how institutions and social practices transform the meaning of these rights to recreate inequality. In her new study, “Rights on Leave,” Albiston says workplace rules, norms and assumptions constrain social change.