Kalin’s Criminal Justice Writings

All my police-related articles in one place

I have spent the last 20 years dealing with emotional trauma from police brutality. I’ve prayed that people would take a look at the idea that police and prisons could be replaced with mental health professionals and compassionate treatment options. I truly believe such a system would cost less taxpayer money, be more efficient at preventing crime and more effective at building our economy. For the first time in twenty years I no longer feel alone in these opinions and that means so much to me right now.

So I felt it was time to collect all the articles I’ve written on Medium about criminal justice and my own police brutality experiences. The recurring theme in these writings is that while systemic racism is what directly harms the most people, the core problem is much more complicated. Our fundamental attitudes about criminal justice need to be re-examined. We need a science and communication based approach that maintains a focus on the actual goal of crime prevention and harm reduction. We do not need our current violence and punishment based approach that focuses on the goal of satisfying our need for vengeance.

All these articles are public domain. Feel free to copy, modify, and use them any way you feel may help the cause.

  1. How to Re-Invent Crime Prevention 6 ways to upgrade police, 17 crime prevention ideas and 7 anti-crime concepts
  2. My Tactics for Arguing to Re-Invent the Police or any Political Discussion My personal notes and rules about how to behave in a discussion.
  3. Increase Mental Health Funding to Stop Violence An easy fact sheet listing scientific studies about how mental health programs decrease crime.
  4. Pittsburgh City Council Meeting, July 15th I did a 3 minute speech about some changes to the local police.
  5. All My Police Interactions A quick list of all my encounters with police officers which will quickly show you why I am so opposed to what they do.
  6. My Police Brutality Story This was the major, traumatizing event that I repressed for 20 years. I include gory details.
  7. 35 Ways Criminal Justice is Counter-Productive to Peace on Earth A concise list of social and psychological reasons why the whole system does not work.
  8. What if there’s a Better Way? A poem about the problems with and potential solutions for our criminal justice system.
  9. In case of my death… This is a must-read if you are planning to murder me. Everyone else can probably skip it. Summary: I will never kill myself, hide a disease or deliberately disappear.
  10. My Night in Jail Told like a short-story, this explains what jail was like for me and countless others and shows some of the corruption and cruelty.
  11. Changing Our Views on Criminal Justice More thoughts on our fundamental attitudes about crime prevention.
  12. The Officer Did Nothing to Hurt Me Another poem, this one about a terrifying night where I was mistaken for someone who had stolen a DVD player.
  13. How a Two-Minute Interaction with the Police Changed Me Forever A more detailed description of that experience and how it affected me psychologically.
  14. Destroying Lives Based on Time of Day A quick article about a shockingly unfair form of discrimination that you’ve never heard of.
  15. Why We Need Friendship and Religion Licenses This is satire.
  16. Criminal Justice Extremism We look at other cultures and think they are so horrible with how they treat criminals but never stop to realize what we do is just as awful.
  17. Do Suicidal People Deserve to be Punished? Suicide and crime are similar in a few important ways. If we compare them, we can see how counter-productive our attitudes about crime actually are.
  18. My Anarchistic Thoughts on the Gang Murder I Witnessed It was really just two black guys who got in a fight. These are some of my thoughts on the psychology of the shooter.
  19. “He’s Crazy” is Not an Explanation We need to think about people’s actual motives and see things from their perspective instead of writing them off as crazy.
  20. Faith in Government and Law This is about the subtle effects that laws have on our core abilities to manage our own risk.
  21. When You Just Kinda Decide that Someone is Guilty This is about the recurring situation where people decide someone is guilty based on nothing but convince themselves they are being fair.

Kalin Ringkvist is a queer, atheist, web developer, science fiction author, real estate investor, and police brutality survivor. In 2020 he is taking a break from the personal data organizer application he’s building to write about current social issues, particularly the call to defund the police.

Sci-fi author (books on Amazon), space and science enthusiast, web developer. Pro BLM, immigration, peace, choice, equality, speech and freedom.