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Crosscurrents

Sociologist explores black men’s pathways out of crime — and it’s complicated

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University of California, Berkeley sociologist Nikki Jones

University of California, Berkeley sociologist Nikki Jones is a criminal justice researcher and her latest book is about violence in black neighborhoods and black men with criminal histories who are trying to change their lives. She spent years in the lower Fillmore getting to know the community and what it is like to live in their rapidly changing neighborhood.

"One of the challenges is that we demand that kids change, that young people change right away, but that's not how change happens for many of us."

Find out more about her book, "The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption," here

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.