From October 11-13th, Square One held our very first convening of the Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy, “Examining the History of Racial and Economic Inequality: Implications for Justice Policy and Practice.” The Roundtable brought together some of the most powerful voices from advocacy, policy, academia, houses of faith, law enforcement, and communities across the country most affected by the broken status quo in criminal justice.

Held at the historic North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, we had an incredible conversation about all the ways that our nation’s history of racism and structural inequality contribute to the discriminatory system of justice that exists in the United States today. Below are the official transcripts from each of our discussions.

Roundtable Transcripts 2018

Day 1: October 11, 2018

Opening and launch
The Racial History of Criminal Justice in America
Policing in American History

Day 2: October 12, 2018

Friday Welcome Remarks
The Progress of Black Citizenship
The Role of the Community: Witnesses, Victims, Perpetrators, Re-integrators, and Storytellers
Justice in Durham
Politics, Race and Crime
Observer Comments
Friday Wrap-Up

Day 3: October 13, 2018

Reflections on Thursday and Friday
Transitional Justice Policy
Models and Aspirations
Observer Comments
Roundtable Closing Comments