Kansas Sentencing Commission
Great workshop! I need to beg off in a few minutes as I have our monthly Commission meeting in 20 minutes. Best wishes to all of you struggling with these challenges. -Scott Schultz
Our public opinion is driving away from the criminal justice system as the center of public safety.
Good to know Kathy-- how is that happening?
Advocacy around addressing economic disparities and overall the harm from over incarceration that is measureable now. For the first time African American legislators are putting numbers on the table of the kind of investment they want to see and recognizing the CJ system touches a miniscule amount of the crime that actually occurs.
Thanks Kathy -- more later!
It seems to me that Trump and COVID have both accelerated the process of turning public opinion. People are seeing what used to be private hatred—some coming from peace officers, etc., which erodes trust. Also more people, working from home or unemployed, have more time on their hands to show up to protests, consider what’s really important in living a good life, etc.
Some say that "reparations" really means re-structuring systems -- and that's what this discussion is really focusing on.
Goes with what you are saying, Sarah.
Over time the courts really do follow public opinion, you know? So it’s important.
Problem solving courts will never be brought to scale - part of the problem.
Kathy -- that's exactly right -- vast majority of cases don't qualify. But it does help courts and others think more in terms of rehab and restoration.
Agree Kathy... scale is a limitation of problem-solving courts. But the concept of engaging partners in the process may be worth considering for commissions.
Does anyone have any closing questions?
David Alan Soule
Thank you Professor Berman and all of the panelists for hosting an interesting, relevant discussion.
Very thoughtful and useful conversation! Thanks very much to all of you -
Very helpful discussions! Thank you.