The US has the largest prison population in the world, and it's one of the world's leaders in numbers of people killed and injured by law enforcement yearly. We justify both of these situations by invoking notions of safety and justice. Our nation's answer for too many problems has been to expand the construction and population of prisons and jails that act as cages to warehouse people who've allegedly committed crimes while simultaneously deploying a heavily armed police force that continues to hurt and kill black, brown, and poor people at higher rates than any other group in our communities. These problematic ways we attempt to achieve public health and safety aren't a problem just in our country - it's a problem for societies around the world. We aren't getting safer, our qualities of life and health are not improving, and we don't have justice.
But it doesn't have to be like this. We don't have to keep sacrificing safety and justice for all to achieve a false sense of security for a few. There are other ways to create a safe and just world without the same ugly outcomes - violence, racism, broken communities - that we're used to. And it's time we started talking about them.
Join the Denver Justice Project and several partner organizations for a community forum on solutions: alternative methods for achieving justice, building public health and safety, and revitalizing our communities in ways that go beyond the over-reliance on cops, courts, and cages. We will hear from a panel of distinguished thinkers and practitioners about what these alternatives can and do look like and have conversations with our neighbors about how these ideas can begin to transform the ways we seek safer, and more just communities.
Save the date for this important event - Sunday, July 16th from 2-4:30pm. #denvercolorado #denver #denverlowdown #denverlife #denverlocal #denveractivist #denvercommunity #303community