We all lose when we lock people away. We call for a transformation of our current criminal legal system, which today is used principally as an instrument of retribution — a policy contrary to our Quaker beliefs.
For decades, policymakers have debated how to address the epidemic of gun violence affecting communities across the United States. Traditionally, localities have responded to community-level violence by increasing the presence of a militarized police force. This approach has repeatedly failed, with sometimes fatal consequences that compound trauma and increase the likelihood of future violence.
Violence interrupters offer a community-based approach to reducing communal and interpersonal violence that treats violence as a public health problem.
America needs police reform now. Here are the opportunities we see for Congress in 2022.
Executing criminals does not address the roots of violence in our society. It has not been shown to effectively deter crime. It does not restore lives destroyed by acts of violence.
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