Roosevelter on Truthout: Aman Banerji on the moment for criminal justice reform

Aman Banerji argues that the confluence of strong movements and a sense of collective responsibility has created an opportunity for criminal justice reform.

We have a truly unique opportunity to rewrite the rules of criminal justice and transform the manner in which we view prisoners, treating them as citizens and human beings. The early ’70s is regarded as a turning point, not only in the manner in which it framed a new logic for criminal justice, but in that it came to define both policymaking and cultural understandings of prisons and prisoners for decades to come. In this moment, the challenge for all of us lies in whether we can tap into a similar moment to conceive a society defined by rehabilitation and justice, not retribution and vengeance.

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