There has never been as much energy and momentum behind criminal justice reform as there is today. In nearly every aspect, there is excitement and renewed optimism about delivering real reforms to help those who have suffered from a broken system for far too long. Freethink’s Criminal Justice Week is focused on highlighting the most innovative people and ideas that are making real progress in reforming our criminal justice system.
Each day we will focus on a different aspect of reform and dive into the topic through a series of videos and written features.
From community policing to citizen journalism, there are exciting reforms to policing from both inside and outside the precinct.
Prosecutors have enormous power in our modern criminal justice system and what they do with that power will have a profound impact on the success of the overall criminal justice reform movement.
We are taking a closer look at sentencing, from bail reform to restorative justice programs.
Navigating life as a returning citizen can be quite overwhelming. We look at several groups providing critical resources to those leaving prison and the latest research on the most effective ways to ease the transition back into society.
We are wrapping the week by looking at how to reduce crime overall — from changing how we think about drugs and harm reduction policies to interdiction programs that seek to stop violence before it starts.