Small Group Meeting - Criminal Justice System Issues

Following our decision at the last meeting, we're going to begin having the small group discussion follow the general topic of the Wednesday meetup. In this case, we'll be talking about issues in the criminal justice system. If you would like to research any of the topics listed below and present a summary to the group, please let one of the organizers know using the Contact link on the left. This is an important topic and very relevant to Humanism.

For instance:

* Racial discrimination in the justice system

Maria plans to read this book and give a report. Others are encouraged to read it as well if you're interested:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6792458-the-new-jim-crow

* Restorative justice

DavidK brought up this topic and has written a blog post about it:

http://concordareahumanists.org/blog/201404/humanism-and-restorative-justice-0

* Teaching meditation to prisoners

Paul is interested in this topic and will do some research.

* The war on drugs

* Prison privatization

* The relationship between "Free will" and responsibility/compassion

* Other topics?

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  • David K.

    Those of you were at the discussion group on Criminal Justice Systems may be interested in learning a bit more about Restorative Justice in Concord (and now a few other cities). And those of you who were not there might also. Here is the link for Communities for Restorative Justice: http://www.c4rj.com/whoweare.about.php

    Also, I just read in their newsletter that a bill which would make Restorative Justice an option in response to crime has passed the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, Senate Bill 2078 (formerly SB 52) is now with the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Restorative Justice communities are spreading and it is good to know that there is an option and that it is gaining recognition even in State legislatures.

    David

    May 23

  • David K.

    How was it? Small. Three of us. But it provided for a very informative time of dialogue. Very interesting and enlightening.

    May 20

  • Paul W J.

    Robert Herrick, David Kimball and Paul Jameson had a very interesting discussion about the working of the justice system, the uses of mindfullness, and the practice of restorative justice. I look forward to further communications about the things we discussed.

    May 20

  • David K.

    I just read this article on NPR.org about courts ordering people to go to jail because they can't pay their court fees. I thought you might be interested because of tonight's discussion.

    May 20

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