A Shared Narrative for Criminal Justice Reform Communications


Building a Narrative: Value, Problem, Solution, Action

 

Vision and Values:
We all want to live in safe communities, to be treated with dignity and respect. Our criminal justice policies should reflect that.

Problem:
We are currently saddled with an outdated, unfair, and bloated criminal justice system that drains resources and disrupts communities.
Solution:
We need pragmatic and varied approaches that uphold our values, and to invest in prevention and alternatives.
Action:
We can all play a role in overhauling this system. You can:
  • Equal Justice, Our Constitution, Due Process,
  • Dignity, Voice, Respect
  • Safety and Prevention
  • Commonsense and Ingenuity
  • Always state a vision first and then talk about challenges to and opportunities for getting there.

 

  • System is too big and costly -- over-incarceration, private prisons.
  • Treats people unfairly – racial profiling, inequitable sentencing.
  • Outdated, “one size fits all” approach defies common sense.
  • All of this violates our values, points us in the wrong direction.
  • Greater investment in prevention and treatment: mental health and addiction services, job training, economic opportunity.
  • For Policing: Training, accountability, community involvement, and a focus on evidence.
  • For Re-Entry: A chance to start over through training, opportunity, and removing arbitrary barriers.
  • True to our shared values.

 

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