Crime, Law, and Social Policy

hands through jail cell bars.

Faculty and students who work in this area examine how individual behavior and social processes shape crime, law and social policy, and, in turn, how law and policy shape individual lives and social structures. In particular, they focus on how law perpetuates inequality and other social problems, as examined through the lenses of the labor market, environment, crime, and health, using quantitative, qualitative, comparative, and mixed-methods approaches.