Recap: Criminal Justice in America

In case you missed it, here’s what happened during this afternoon’s keynote, Criminal Justice in America.

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Criminal Justice in America

Storified by Netroots Nation · Sat, Jun 09 2012 13:48:55

The keynote kicked off with an energizing performance by Jasiri X
@jasiri_x performing at #nn12 #fb http://twitpic.com/9ukddpTalia Whyte
I know, right? “@spedwybabs: Solo proud of @jasiri_x and his amazing talent rockin the #nn12 stage”Netroots_Nation
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange moderated a panel focused on the country’s current criminal justice policies and how we can change them for the better. Panelists included Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel of The Brennan Center, and Jakada Imani, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center.
They spoke about unfair sentencing.
"Fair Sentencing Act passed in 2010 finally lessoned disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine" – Austin-Hillery #nn12Rania Khalek
Upcoming supreme court case will decide whether new sentencing law will apply to those sentenced before it. – Austin-Hillery #nn12Rania Khalek
They also spoke about the general lack of concern for criminal justice, and how this is an essential part of democracy.
"There is a general lack of concern in this country for issues of criminal justice. This is a democracy!" + Nicole Austin-Hillery #nn12 Shanelle Matthews
Y should u care about racial disparities? We are a democracy. We all rise and fall together. #NN12Linda Sarsour
Trayvon Martin was an important moment, but we should be sharing stories about people of color more.
"You’ve gotta tell stories of pple that msm doesn’t talk about. We never see stories of missing people of color." – Austin-Hillery #nn12Rania Khalek
"Trayvon martin was a moment.These moments happen EVERYDAY.PAY ATTENTION 2the small moments.Dont wait 4them 2become BIG moments." #NN125th Elament
The US spends an extreme amount of money incarcerating people, when they could be paying for education.
"We spent $174 Billion a year incarcerating people in America, mostly for petty offenses." – @jakada_imani #nn12Raven Brooks
#CA spends $200,000 to lock up a young person, but we only spend $8,000 to educate a student! #nn12Californians4Justice
"Books not bars! Schools not jails! @jakada_imani @ellabakercenter #nn12 Shanelle Matthews
Progressives need to change the narrative of race and crime in the US – this issue impacts all of us.
"There’s a hidden narrative of race and crime and punishment that progressives suffer under in this country" #NN12NPI
"Black folks are talking about criminal justice. But this isn’t black pple’s problem, this is America’s problem." – @rashadrobinson #nn12Rania Khalek
Why is race an issue? We all have an implicit bias.
Nicole AustinHIllery: We all have implicit bias. Go to Harvard’s website, take implicit bias test We don’t all see this as our problem #nn12Alison Fairbrother
Implicit Association TestIt is well known that people don’t always ‘speak their minds’, and it is suspected that people don’t always ‘know their minds’. Understan…
Nicole Austin-Hillery making important point right now about the impact of unconscious bias and subtle racism in the media. #nn12Elizabeth
The panelists spoke about what they would like to ask of Barack Obama.
It is not okay for ppl to profit off of others pain- @jakada_imani on the need to close privately run detention centers #nn12Sarah Audelo
It’s cool for #Obama to start talking about mass incarceration & race but what’s better is to have the white man VP Biden do it. #NN12Linda Sarsour
We need a new narrative that includes white people.
"We need a new narrative around race in this country that includes white people." – @jakada_imani #nn12Raven Brooks
"When you can have a conversation about basic fairness, people get it (race)." – @jakada_imani #nn12 #p2Raven Brooks
"Most Americans don’t wanna live in a country where you go to jail or get off scott free bc of color of skin" – @jakada_imani #nn12Rania Khalek
When people go to prison, they are disassociated from their communities.
"When people go to jail, they stop belonging to us. That’s my cousin, that’s my neighbor." – @jakada_imani #nn12Raven Brooks
When people go away to prison, they are disassociated from their family, their communities.=Jakada Imani #NN12Amanda Marcotte
We need to embrace our differences and speak up.
NAH: Form a beloved community by embracing our differences. They are what makes you who you are. #NN12Amanda Marcotte
We all are powerful. We all have the same right. We all have a voice. #NN12Linda Sarsour
"Embrace our differences, don’t forget I’m a tall African American woman. Be fearless and bring voices together" Nicole Austin-Hillery #nn12Raven Brooks

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