The policing and criminal justice systems in this country are predatory and fundamentally flawed. They remain deeply rooted in racism and profiteering and victimize millions of Americans—a disproportionate number of whom are Black and Brown.
The road to transforming these systems and making our communities stronger and safer is community specific and cannot be translated into a toolkit or single set of policy recommendations. A fundamental shift in the purpose of our policing and criminal justice systems is necessary.
A shift in purpose requires an articulation of a different vision.