Berkeley Social Welfare doctoral student Leah Jacobs is one of three fellowship recipients whose research projects is being highlighted in the UC Berkeley News Center article, "Giving voice to the powerless, students find their own."
Jacobs was awarded the 2013 Berkeley Human Rights Center Fellowship, which has supported her qualitiative investigation of the experiences of forensically-involved individuals with mental illness living in San Francisco. She is presenting her findings at the upcoming UC Human Rights Fellowship Conference, sponsored by Berkeley Law's Human Rights Center.
In the article, Jacobs shares, "I initially became interested in this project...because I’m the child of an incarcerated person." She added, “I’m interested in the disproportionate representation of people with mental illnesses in jails and prisons."