Criminal justice, prison, and police reform have become regular parts of our national conversation, especially since George Floyd’s murder and the pandemic continues to hit prisons hard.
But what does justice mean? What does it mean in theory? And what has it meant in practice?
Justice is a uniquely human experience and concept. And it’s also one we haven’t quite put our finger on defining, let alone enacting.
Undertaking reform is a complex, epic challenge that requires us to answer the question of what justice should mean and how we put that into practice.
In This Episode:
- How the US prison system was developed as a more humane alternative to corporal punishments like flogging or branding
- Why the post-emancipation Black Codes led to the disproportionate incarceration of formerly enslaved people, prison overcrowding and violence
- How restorative justice repairs harms by having all stakeholders invested in the process
- Defining justice in a framework of relationship and integration and other models of non-punitive justice
Resources For Doing Your Best:
- National American Indian Court Judges Association on Holistic and Traditional Justice
- Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
- NAACP’s Legal Defense & Education Fund
- “North Dakota Reforms its Prisons, Norwegian Style”
- “North Dakota Partners with Prison Reform Initiative to Champion Healing, Restoration, and Fairness”
- “CAHOOTS May Reduce the Likelihood of Police Violence”
- “Examples Of Reimagining Police Departments That Show Promise”
- A Better Path Forward for Criminal Justice
- The Confession Tapes
- The Innocence Files
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