Title: The Quiet Revolution
Author: Ed Barajas
This is a different view of our criminal justice system in a way that challenges the negative portrayals from people considered experts. Contrary to the prevailing view of most experts describing a broken and inhumane system, something appears to be working.
For the past twenty years crime has taken a plunge in the US and the experts appear to be clueless regarding the cause. Barajas suggests the reason for less crime is because of an ongoing transformation of the justice system that is more focused on public safety and working in concert with the community and other service agencies.
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criminal justice reform but should pause to consider some crucial questions.
anti-incarceration effort. This movement has been active for several years but rather than a systemic approach to reform,
its main goal is to reduce incarceration. This is like trying to reform healthcare by aiming to reduce
hospitalization. Just as hospitals are a small part of the healthcare system, prisons are a small part of the criminal
more offenders in alternatives, or community supervision, by using misleading information that prisons are a drain on the economy and needlessly used on the wrong types of offenders.
crime spike involves a high number of these types of offenses.
the fact. This is what must change. Instead of a reactive system focused responding to individual criminal acts we should have a true public safety model of justice that’s focused on crime prevention and reduction as well as creating and maintaining safer communities.
beneficial to crime-ridden communities. Its principles of crime prevention by focusing on specific crime related problems, have spread to the other justice components during the past twenty years. Community courts, community prosecution, and
from buildings. Community corrections (probation and parole) officers have gotten out from behind their desks to
patrol the streets with police, clergy, and social service agencies to have more effective control of those under their care.
changed its operating practices and partnered with the community and other system components. This is what makes
this truly revolutionary. Instead of an endless cycle of reform the system has begun to transform itself. This bottom up change tends to confound those accustomed to top down modification through new legislation.
Ed Barajas retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons after twenty-seven years of service, including twelve years in three maximum security prisons. He began his career as a correctional officer right after graduating from college. He worked his way into management and administrative positions, including ten years with the National Institute of Corrections in Washington, DC. He has been a guest lecturer at universities and has written chapters of criminal justice textbooks and published articles and guest editorials in various periodicals. He and his wife live in North Carolina.
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