Public Reckoning with the Criminal Justice System: Mass Incarceration, Historical Injustice, and the Road to Healing
Our current severe political divide reveals a renewed national reckoning to combat systemic racism and the oppression of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), challenging each of us to critique our own moral standing in society’s social divide. To engage SPSSI members and community leaders, panelists will address some of the key issues essential to criminal justice reform, including: the war on drugs and its long-term sequelae of harm among BIPOC, the damaging effects of stereotypes and prejudice embedded in colorblind formalism, the relation between extreme social disadvantage and criminal wrongdoing, the distinction between personal moral responsibility and the social construction of “criminal”, the impact of violence exposure and victimization of minoritized youth and adults, the school-to-prison pipeline, policies to end the disproportionate representation of Latinos in the criminal legal system, the role of restorative justice and healing transformation, among other issues pertaining to the criminal justice system.
Panelists include: Jody Armour, JD, the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC; Maritza Perez, JD, Policy Analyst and Director of the Office of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance; and Genea Richardson, Program Coordinator at Healing Dialogue and Action, where she advocates for women incarcerated and for change in the carceral system.
This event is being organized by SPSSI's Graduate Student Committee and will be moderated by members of the committee, including Jason Cruze, Allen Chukwuhdi, and Stephanie Miodus.