By LURIE DANIEL FAVORS and L. JOY WILLIAMS
(Appeared in the Aug. 31, 2017 online version of the Amsterdam News)
Restorative Justice: Traditional approaches to justice tend to focus solely on crime and punishment and can frequently result in excessive sentencing and wrongful convictions. These policies send thousands of people of color to prison with little regard for the devastating impact that can have on the community. Conversely, restorative justice seeks to repair the harm caused by crime in a way that balances the need for justice with centering the community’s need to heal. How will these candidates center restorative justice as part of the justice seeking paradigm in Brooklyn?
Juvenile Justice: The school to prison pipeline is a combination of school-based policies and procedures (such as zero tolerance programs that criminalize minor rule infractions) that funnel Black and Brown youth into the criminal justice system. How will candidates use their position to balance holding young people accountable for their crimes with reducing the over-criminalization of Black and Brown youth?
In addition to these key areas, audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions for the candidates. What strikes you as the most pressing issue for these candidates to consider? What policies would you like to see the DA’s office implement? The forum will provide an opportunity for the candidates to hear from the public.
Now, more than ever, all politics is local. In light of the current tumultuous political environment, it can feel difficult to exercise the all-important people power. We invite you to attend the forum to do just that Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Medgar Evers College, EOJ Auditorium, 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Space is limited so visit: BROOKLYNNAACP.ORG/BKDANIGHT to reserve your ticket.
We, the people, have the power to shape justice in Brooklyn. Join us.
Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq. is the general counsel at the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY and L. Joy Williams is president of Brooklyn NAACP.