These kids are “trapped in an inescapable system.”
As the nation grapples with the problems of the school-to-prison pipeline and the intersection of racial justice, the criminal justice system, law enforcem
Though his involvement in a gang landed him in prison at 27, José Barron never lost sight of his education goals. Now, he’s an MSW candidate in our social work program. After overcoming unlikely odds, Jose Barron is less than a year away from completing his Master of Social Work at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Drawing from his past experiences as a gang member and inmate, combined with his skills and training from the MSW program, Jose hopes to provide much-needed resources to his community upon graduation.