Saturday, December 17, 2016

"Work to Achieve Justice for All" Letter to Editor in Sarasota Herald Tribune, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Work to achieve justice for all
In response to "Bias on the Bench" and Judge Charles Williams' column Wednesday, we have a lot of work to do to challenge racism in our court system, get rid of or reform plea bargaining and develop alternative sentencing.
The criminal justice system is broken and has resulted in unjust sentences that marginalize people of color.
Kudos to the reporters for shining a light on the injustices and racism in the court system in Florida. I think we need investigative reporting on every court and every police department in our country to find out if other states' statistics demonstrate bias toward African-Americans and Latinos.
We the people must have a serious conversation and adopt new laws, policies, programs - whatever it takes - to transform racism in our courts and elsewhere. It is time to begin a healing journey that will lead to justice for all our citizens.
Bridget Mary Meehan, Sarasota

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