Laura Abrams is a UCLA professor of social welfare.
Laura Abrams is an associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA.

“Compassionate Confinement: A Closer Look at the Juvenile Corrections System”

Saturday, October 12, 1:00-2:00 pm, Alumni House

The  School of Social Welfare invites the public to hear Laura Abrams, MSW ’92, PhD ’00; now an associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs — discuss some of the key findings of her latest book in light of her longtime interest in helping young people with histories of incarceration.

In their recently published book Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C, co-authors Laura Abrams and Ben Anderson-Nathe share their insights into the juvenile corrections system, a culmination of thinking garnered from a decade of research and more than one year of fieldwork in a boys’ residential facility. Noting the opposing sides of the national political debate that either criticizes the corrections system for being too “soft” on juveniles or else too “adult-like,” the authors argue that neither position is wholly correct and offer an alternative model of juvenile corrections — a system that encourages youth to “open up” to staff without fear of reprisal.

Lecture is free to the public; refreshments will be served.