Punishment vs. Protection

We are currently in the midst of a national conversation regarding our law enforcement and justice system. Why are certain crimes, like drug possession, enforced more severely in certain neighborhoods? Why are white collar crimes, that defraud the masses and cause severe economic harm, often treated less severely than petty crime? Drawing on the UUA’s 2021-2022 common read, Defund Fear – Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris, we will explore who our system of justice is protecting and who it is punishing.