Laura S. Abrams, PhD, MSW, is a Professor of Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her scholarship has focused on understanding identity transitions for incarcerated youth and young adults. She is currently working on a course of research investigating risks and assets for transition age youth who are exiting the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Her current policy work is also examining global youth justice models and understandings of age, culpability, and rehabilitation for system-involved young people. Dr. Abrams has served as an expert witness for capital cases involving young people and has provided public and congressional testimony regarding juvenile solitary confinement, correctional facilities, and offender reintegration. She is the principal author of Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C (2013; Rutgers University Press) and Everyday Desistance: The Transition to Adulthood Among Formerly Incarcerated Youth (Forthcoming, Rutgers University Press). She is also the lead editor of the recently released volume: The Voluntary Sector in Prisons: Encouraging Personal and Institutional Change (2016, Palgrave).