The UCLA Juvenile Justice & Reentry Project has released a policy brief on California Senate Bill 9 (the California Fair Sentencing for Youth Act)."We believe that SB9 constitutes a modest proposal that upholds public accountability, while also providing a chance for those who committed crimes when they were young to show personal growth and change, and for the State of California to assert itself as a responsible steward of its future," write the authors, Laura S. Abrams, Ph.D., and Alea Bell.
The Fall 2011 issue of Social Welfare's semi-annual newsletter is now available online. The newsletter includes updates on
the department, faculty research and findings, as well as faculty, student
and alumni accomplishments.
A few of the Fall 2011 highlights include:
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Social Welfare doctoral candidate Megan Holmes (MSW '08) has been selected to receive the 2012 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Doctoral Fellows Award for her dissertation proposal research titled, “Effects of Maternal Parenting Quality on the Development of Social Behavior for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence.”
Carlos Amador, a recent graduate of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Master of Social Welfare Program (MSW), recently penned his experience participating in a hunger strike calling for the passage of the federal DREAM act.
In “This is Our Country Too: Undocumented Immigrant Youth Organizing and the Battle for the Dream Act,” Amador, who completed his MSW this past Spring, and who is currently in the process of gaining his own U.S. citizenship, tells of the 15-day hunger strike held in Los Angeles. The following is an excerpt from the article:
Marshall Wong, (MSW ’86) has been selected as the Social Worker of the Year for all of California. This honor follows his recognition as Social Worker of the Year for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Region H, this past Spring.
As cities across California struggle with how to handle medical marijuana dispensaries and police agencies blame them for an increase in lawlessness, academics are delving into data to find out whether pot shops really do influence neighborhood crime.
Jorja Leap, adjunct professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is featured prominently in the October issue of Los Angeles Magazine. She is one of five area residents described as “five who make a difference,” because, “Their generosity is boundless and their belief in a better world unshakable.”