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January 16, 2019

As we make new resolutions to be more productive in the new year, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite reads that inspire us to do what we do in the field of social justice and criminal justice.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy tells the story of Bryan S...

October 10, 2018

Jury duty. When we hear these words, most of us feel exasperation or annoyance. Maybe it’s because we think it will be time consuming, costly, or just plain boring. If we decide not to show up, we’re penalized for it. To many, it makes sense why the words jury duty are...

August 17, 2018

Diversity training can be a drag when everyone gets the same boring talk. Diversity in a workplace however is vital for a comfortable and efficient work environment. A recent article in the HBR considered what makes diversity trainings effective. (“Two Types of Diversi...

May 29, 2018

Today, Starbucks will close its 8000 stores in the United States to train its employees on implicit bias and how to reduce the impact of bias in their jobs.  This is the response to a recent incident which occurred at a Starbucks location in Philadelphia. There, a bari...

March 13, 2018

Most people probably cannot name the person they elected into office that controls their local criminal justice system, even if they support criminal justice reform. Hint: she’s a prosecutor.  Yet, we’re starting to hear more and more about these influential political...

January 8, 2018

Jail visiting protocols are notorious punitive for family members and those trying to see people behind bars.  In the purported interest of public safety, these regulations can be impractical to the point of cruelty.  While the outside world has become accustomed to in...

November 22, 2017

The greatest political scandal of my lifetime, present day notwithstanding, was the Bush v. Gore election and recount (with Monica Lewinsky and Anita Hill close behind).  News reports of vast voter suppression efforts in the South were commonplace.  While devastating f...

October 3, 2017

Tomorrow is National “Coffee with a Cop” day. For those, like me, concerned about policing in our country, I invite you to order a large hot coffee and start talking. Starbucks and McDonalds are sponsoring events. Of course, small talk in the corner café will not addre...

August 22, 2017

Charlottesville is a tragedy, an ugly reminder that hatred and racism remains and even flourishes in the United States. Could the police have done more to prevent the violence? “There was no police presence,” one woman told The New York Times. “We were watching people...