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Risk-Resilience: Mack Center on Mental Health and Social Conflict

About the Mack Center on Mental Health and Social Conflict

The Mack Center is a subdivision of the Berkeley Risk-Resilience lab that examines how individual and structural factors influence peoples’ risk of violence and other criminal behavior — and the viability and effectiveness of policy solutions.

People at risk are disproportionately poor and members of ethnic minority groups. Many have experienced victimization and “routine” forms of childhood adversity. Virtually all are exposed to hotly debated forms of social control shaped by shifting political, cultural and legal forces. Historically, these forces shaped the war on drugs and crime. Now, they are shaping the Black Lives Matter movement, justice reform efforts and “evidence-based practice” paradigms.