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Day 5: Money and Human Potential


“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” ― Nelson Mandela

“I said to my children, 'I'm going to work and do everything that I can do to see that you get a good education. I don't ever want you to forget that there are millions of God's children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don't want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.


The United States (and the State of California) incarcerate a disproportionate number of people, relative to other developed nations. This has a greater impact on the poor and people of color. Our policy choices to fund more prisons and fewer schools come from a lack of fundamental recognition that we all suffer when such a huge part of our population is simply eliminated from productive civil life.

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Ask yourself: In what way am I touched by our current criminal justice system (friends or relatives who work in it, are incarcerated in it, or have been impacted by crime)? How do I feel I could have a positive impact on our state and nation's choices about how to prevent or to address crime? What role does someone's upbringing, economic class or race play in the likelihood of their becoming involved in the criminal justice system?

Contributed by Maitreya Badami (Assistant Clinical Professor of Law)

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