Legal experts are questioning our current system of
“law and order” based on punishment. They are calling for restorative
justice programs that can demonstrate how investments in accountability
Cries for police reform are reverberating throughout the country, and
the changes being demanded go far beyond putting a stop to chokeholds
and shootings of Black citizens. Police departments are supported by
public funds, and a growing majority of Americans thinks this money
could be better spent.
Politicians and government officials are beginning to agree, with
some taking up the call to “defund” police departments. New York Mayor
Bill de Blasio recently announced
plans to divert money from the nation’s largest police force to social services.
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