Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption (Beacon Press)
UCLA professor of social welfare Jorja Leap will discuss and sign her groundbreaking new study of Los Angeles gang life, Jumped In.
The author's proceeds from this book will be donated to Homeboy Industries.
“What makes Jorja Leap a gang expert is not just her years of experience and indefatigable research, but her heightened reverence for the enormous complexity of the gang dilemma. Jumped In gives us a window into a world of a sub-grouping of the poor who few understand and too many demonize. Her view is both 'aerial' and 'in the weeds' while always staying heartbreakingly compassionate and true. Her work gives me hope.” —Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., Founder and Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Jorja Leap has been on the faculty of the UCLA Department of Social Welfare since 1992 and has served as a lecturer, researcher, and consultant. A recognized expert in gangs, violence, and crisis intervention, she has worked nationally and internationally in violent and postwar settings. Dr. Leap is currently the senior policy advisor on Gangs and Youth Violence for the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Photo of the author by Anthony Kaklamanos.
THIS EVENT WAS RECORDED LIVE AT SKYLIGHT BOOKS MARCH 20, 2012.