#CJReform: Can we Talk?
On January 5, 2017, the Harvard Law Review published former President Barack Obama’s commentary titled The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform. Outlined in this commentary for the incoming administration are points of reflection highlighting accomplishments, next-steps and unfinished business in the #CJReform space.
As we all know, #CJReform is a massive undertaking which calls for dogged-determination and resolve to forge ahead in Rebuilding the Walls of Justice: Brick-by-Brick. Although the current leadership climate has presented a framework on justice issues that does not mirror the former Administration’s position, we must remain resilient by staying on the wall.
With that said, a significant part of keeping the issues of #CJReform at the forefront, is creating opportunities for consistent and focused attention on the work occuring at the ground-level by advocates, activists, local and state entities and more importantly highlighting the experiences of the formerly incarcerated and their involvement in #CJReform efforts across the country.
The “significant part” the Justice Beat: Let’s Talk Smart!™ Radio Show will play in the #CJReform space, is the dedication of all of its shows to highlighting the numerous justice reform initiatives, projects and programs, across the country, addressing the needs of the 1 in 3 Americans touched by incarceration. The Justice Beat intends to keep the spotlight on the issues central to #CJReform for as along as it takes to realize justice!
Can we talk? With the inaugural launch of the Justice Beat (April 2017), we want to hear from you about the work you are doing. If you and/or your organization are interested in being featured on the Justice Beat, please contact the Justice Beat team at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line type “JUSTICE BEAT RADIO”.
Remember, we must be the change we want to see and keep the issue of #CJReform front and center.
L. Elaine Sutton is the Vice President of Operations for Dynasty Television Radio Network and the Executive Producer/Host of the Justice Beat: Let’s Talk Smart! Radio Show. Her career in the justice/disability space spans 25 years with professional tenures at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC — GA); Georgia Advocacy Office (GA); National Disability Rights Network (DC) and Syracuse University (GA/NY).
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