Transitional Justice May Begin with Law Enforcement Reform

Bryan Stevenson says we need transitional justice* in the United States to address racial inequality. Stevenson is founder of Equal Justice Initiative, and was appointed to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in December, 2014.

There is still a belief in America that Black people are presumptively guilty and dangerous. It compromises law enforcement and makes police abuse and misconduct an issue… In law enforcement policy, America has a chance to begin a long overdue effort at confronting our history of racial inequality. We need transitional justice in the U.S. We need truth and reconciliation… [We need to] confront the fact that slavery in America didn’t really end in 1865. It simply evolved. ~ Bryan Stevenson


* Transitional Justice refers to the set of judicial and non-judicial measures that have been implemented by different countries in order to redress the legacies of massive human rights abuses. These measures include criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations programs, and various kinds of institutional reforms. — International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)

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