Category Archives: Faith

Reality of Wrongful Conviction is a Hard Message to Hear

People dislike change.  People like going with the flow.  We find comfort in our faith in the institutions that surround us.  Nobody wants to be disturbed, to feel disturbed or troubled.  People don’t like being confronted with unpleasant realities.  It’s human nature.  We are creatures of comfort.  We’re creatures of habit and routine, and integral parts of those routines are… Read more »

Martin Luther King Jr. Was Arrested Some 30 Times

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Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested thirty times during the course of his civil rights advocacy.  It’s not a stretch to characterize MLK as a man vs the State.  He was fighting against the status quo, he was fighting against the “majority” societal opinion, at least in the South if not elsewhere. It’s truly startling if you take a moment to… Read more »

Just Bryan Stevenson, Just an Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform, Just Mercy

I’d like to introduce you to one of my heroes. His name is Bryan Stevenson. He is the founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He’s dedicated his professional life to fighting for the rights of some of society’s most marginalized people, such as those on Death Row, those incarcerated both wrongfully and rightfully, racial minorities,… Read more »

To Watch Out For The Bogeyman Judicial System

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We tell our kids about the bogeyman, the bad people –who to watch out for- but we don’t teach them how to watch out for the judicial system. – Troilyn Robinson – Mother of two incarcerated sons – Unprisoned Podcast – (stories from the system) – March 2, 2016 One of the common threads in practically all exonerees personal stories is that prior to their arrests and… Read more »

Too Many People In Prison… For Too Long A Time

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Too many people in prison For too many laws For too long a time We need to rethink some of that. True words indeed, Grover Norquist. Even on Christmas- especially on Christmas!- we need to remember that our criminal justice system is broken and innocent people are suffering even at this very moment. With over 2.2 MILLION people currently incarcerated… Read more »

Wrongful Convictions Don’t Really Happen (Right?)

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Let’s face it: most of us don’t want to believe that wrongful convictions really happen.  And, if they do happen we tell ourselves that they must only happen very very rarely. This is why it is so important that we pay attention to the stories of exonerees – those who are living proof of the woeful challenges facing our criminal… Read more »

Criminal Justice Reform Requires Mercy (Not Merely Money)

When it comes to criminal justice reform- #CJReform – if we only talk about “expenses” and “costs” in terms of tax dollars, spending and saving, then we have really already missed the point and set ourselves up for failure.  Like so many other issues, the starting point must be people.  We have to start by talking about individuals, the real… Read more »

If We Only Defended The Popular, Pretty & Preferred

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Justice would be without meaning if it only defended the popular, pretty, and preferred of our society. The real test of any principle is when it must be applied to those we deem unworthy, undesirable, and unliked… Those despised among us. We cannot be hypocrites- we must extend the protections of our laws to all defendants alike. Period. “Only by… Read more »

Our Starting Point Must Always Be The Individual (Not The State)

Our country and our judicial system were founded upon the crucial notion that the rights of the individual must always be protected against the monstrous powers of the State.  This cannot be forgotten as we move towards substantive criminal justice reform. Our starting point must always be the individual, not the State.   When someone is wrongfully convicted it’s (by… Read more »

Few Are They More In Need Of Advocacy Than Those Wrongly Imprisoned

We all have our causes, right?  We all have something we think to be the most (or among the most) important issues we face.  The wrongful conviction, mass incarceration, and general criminal justice reform issues that plague this country and this generation are at the forefront of my social consciousness. Criminal justice reform is one of the most important issues… Read more »