I have been familiar with violence all of my life. In fact, nearly all the people I know — folks with brown skin, or who are Black like me — are survivors of some kind of violence or crime. We are, however, also afflicted by a criminal justice system that has long viewed us with indifference at best. At worst, it meets us with hostility — and that creates a problem. Because a criminal justice system is supposed to resolve conflict, not perpetuate it.
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