Systemic Racism in Criminal Justice: A Chat With A Public Defender

Today we had the opportunity to chat via Zoom with one of our longtime members, Veronica. She has been a public defender in Minnesota for about 10 years, and is someone who truly walks the walk. She’s been an outspoken advocate for racial justice for as long as we’ve known her.

Her years as a PD have given her valuable insight into the workings of the US criminal justice system and policing. At each step in the process, there are serious issues with racial bias. This results in more arrests, longer sentences, harsher fines, and significantly worse overall outcomes for people of color. Check out the video for more on what’s happening, and what we can do about it!



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