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Why Can't We Talk About An Injustice?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solving It.

About Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk

Lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about how America's criminal justice system works against the poor and people of color. He argues that these issues are wrapped up in America's unexamined history.

About Bryan Stevenson

Lawyer Bryan Stevenson has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He's the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, and confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill.

Stevenson's work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards, including a MacArthur fellowship and 14 honorary doctorate degrees.

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shirley coager,edd from Albany, New York is my home.

Mr. Stevenson:
My husband is a parolee in upstate New York. I will not share his name. We were given the charge of domestic violence in a rural Alabama town. Well, NYS domestic violence law is much more liberal than the rural law in Alabama. In Alabama no one had been hit, when we were charged with domestic violence and sent to jail. We had a simple marital verbal fight. No one tried to counsel us. We were arrested and locked up. He was parole violated and sent to New York, where he had been arrested in 1993 for a drunken fight over a woman. Now we cannot live together in New York or Alabama as married people for a year. I maintain that as a free woman and not a parolee, the NYS DOCCS is violating my Fourteenth Amendment right to the pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. The New York prison industrial complex is alive and well. I was at one of Rev. Sharpton's speeches in Albany,NY many years ago. He probably remembers the tall white woman with the Southern Accent saying, " Preach it! Preach it Rev. Sharpton!!!" I applaud your strong statements. I believe you will be influential in closing these prisons and jails, which are nothing but good paying jobs for the good ole boys and girls who cannot really work. They love to ride around in air conditioned cars; rape women and men; give sex deals to girls and boys who are in their care. Torture them with the tazers. Prisons and jails should all be closed. Social workers should be hired, and criminal injustice people fired and put to building houses. I am 67 years old, a doctoral level teacher, and I have never experienced the treatment I have received from this system. There are alternatives to incarceration. The New York prisons look like castles. This system is back in the Feudal System. Alabama is a slave camp. This country is ridiculous and I am sure our President OBAMA will lead us to a new direction. I am interested in seeking compensation. If you have any ideas about who would defend me legally to sue the entire states of NY and AL, please contact me. DR. SHIRLEY COAGER

Mar. 17 2014 01:18 PM

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