I am just back from a conference on Restorative Justice. I learned a great deal about how people and our larger community tries to deal with the impact of crime. More on that in the days ahead.
From the folks at Karma Tune and TED Talks below is a clip of Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who spends most of his time in jails, prisons, on death row or in low-income communities. In this presentation he shares some hard truths about America’s criminal justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of young black men between the ages of 18 and 30 has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. Bryan urges the TED audience to think about our identity as a nation. When we don’t think or care about the poor, we diminish the positive in our lives. In too many countries, the opposite of poverty is not wealth – the opposite of poverty is justice.
Food for thought as we in Canada continue our quest to get tough on crime. One can only hope we don’t get stupid along the way!
Video from KarmaTube