Victor Rios: The Consequences of Mass Incarceration of Black and Latino Boys

Victor Rios

Victor Rios, associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, is a prominent scholar in juvenile justice, masculinity and race.

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The Brothers of A.B.L.L.E. (Achieving Black and Latino Leaders of Excellence) present a lecture by Victor Rios, associate professor at UC-Santa Barbara and prominent scholar in juvenile justice, masculinity, and race. Rios speaks about how young Latino and African American boys develop their sense of self in the midst of crime and intense policing; politics that reinforce school-to-prison pipelines, and the role that college students play in promoting social justice. This lecture is intended to challenge and inspire the ways in which we approach activism and advocacy work.  

Rios' research topics include inequality in America, school-to-prison pipeline, urban ethnography and law. His 2011 book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press), analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth. He has published on juvenile justice, masculinity, and race and crime in scholarly journals such as The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social SciencesLatino Studies, and Critical Criminology. In 2011, Rios received the Harold J. Plous award at UCSB and in 2010 he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research. Professor Rios teaches courses in juvenile justice, sociology, ethnographic methods, and justice, law, and inequality.