This Berkeleyside article examines Center for Research on Social Change affiliate E. Kay Trimberger's recently published book Creole Son: An Adoptive Mother Untangles Nature & Nurture (LSU Press). Part memoir, part introduction to behavioral genetics, the book explores the factors that shaped her son’s life across nearly four decades.
Inmate labor fuels prisons. Some of the incarcerated work in prison industries that collaborate with private corporations. But fair labor laws do not apply to prisons, where many inmates earn less than $1.00 per hour. Criminal justice involvement also hinders post-incarceration employment and earnings. In this new issue of the Russell Sage Foundation Journal, edited by Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliates Sandra Smith and Jonathan Simon, an interdisciplinary group of scholars analyzes how the criminal justice system acts as a de facto labor market institution by compelling or coercing labor from the justice-involved.
Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Jerome Karabel writes in USA Today on the scale and scope of the unemployment levels -- and a suggestion for how to deal with it, based on the nation's historical response during the Great Depression.