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This Week’s Capital Commentary
Harold Dean Trulear
While a presidential vote carries significant weight, our system of checks and balances requires close and discerning attention to a variety of “down ballot” electoral contests that impact the quality of life in America. Among the pressing issues impacted by this down ballot voting is that of criminal justice reform.
In this article, Harold Dean Trulear describes the various public offices that are connected to our criminal justice system and are potentially up for election this fall. He discusses some of the ways these offices can have dehumanizing cultures in their approach to individuals who have committed crimes, leading to incarceration experiences that worsen the human spirit.
Trulear argues that the failure to vote, particularly in local and state elections, plays into a system developing without the watchful eyes of its citizenry.
Capital Commentary Archive
|10-24-2016||Criminal Justice Policy: Voting “Down” in 2016||Harold Dean Trulear|
|10-17-2016||Why Loving Our Neighbors Includes Voting Down Ballot||Kevin R. den Dulk|
|10-10-2016||Why Vote? Towards Civic Faithfulness||Jesse Covington|
|10-03-2016||Elections Matter: Crafting Just Science Policy for the Common Good||Michelle Crotwell Kirtley|
|09-26-2016||Honoring Our Calling to Work and Family in Public Policy||Rachel Anderson|
|09-19-2016||Religious Freedom: An Invitation to Wash Some Feet This Election Season||Chelsea Langston Bombino|
|09-12-2016||Why Justice Requires Educational Opportunity and Freedom||Charles Glenn|
|09-05-2016||Cultivating Rooted Citizens||Stephanie Summers|
|07-25-2016||Narrowing the Gate: Options for Criminal Justice Reform||Jennifer E. Walsh|
|07-18-2016||What Brexit Teaches Us||Alice-Catherine Carls|