Community justice and public safety
In May 2017, the Community Justice Film Series explored how public safety relates to community justice. Since the early 1990's, community justice has long been connected to the way the court system and judicial process involves the community (reference). But we say that community justice and public safety is so much more than the judicial process. Communities of color, LGBTQ people, poor people, and other marginalized groups, are constantly surveilled and criminalized. As acclaimed lawyer and author Michelle Alexander accurately describes, mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. How can communities take back control over their own safety? How are those most impacted by laws and policies that criminalize black and brown bodies, and other marginalized people, have a direct role in shaping those laws and policies? Read more perspectives from film series partners in our op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Approximately 100 community members filled the Calhoun Center in Richmond's Gilpin Court neighborhood to watch the following short films and develop action-oriented solutions to addressing community justice in public safety.
*Organizations are partners of the Community Justice Film Series. If you have additional books, articles, and other research to contribute to the list, please send us a message.
- "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
- "White Rage" by Carol Alexander
- "are prisons obsolete" by Angela Davis
- "Burning Down the House" by Nell Bernstein
Articles and other research
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