Charles H. Lea III, MSW, is a doctoral student in Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. His primary research areas include juvenile justice, education, reentry, and race and racial equity. He is specifically interested in contextual and individual influences on crime involvement and desistance among boys and young men of color, particularly African Americans, and the protective processes and mechanisms that fosters resilience and promotes positive development. The overarching aims of his research is to develop knowledge and build theory that informs structural and behavioral interventions and policies and practices that improve outcomes and opportunities for vulnerable and racial/ethnic communities and individuals. Mr. Lea received his Bachelors in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan.