Episode S3 | E6

Is American Criminal Justice Just?

Air Date: Jun 17, 2018

About this episode

“The Talk” by African-American parents to their children, especially their young men, about dangerous interactions they may well experience with police is a rite of passage with which even the first African-American President of the United States, and the only currently serving African-American Republican United States senator, are personally familiar. Still, most Americans hold judges, prosecutors, and especially police, in high esteem for the great sacrifices they often make to protect and serve our communities. Can we find a path forward in which a broad majority of Americans, including Americans belonging to racial or ethnic minorities, can believe that American criminal justice is, in fact, just?

About the guests

Tara Setmayer

CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor & former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill

Tara Setmayer is a CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill. She regularly appears on CNN's prime time programs and contributes to ABC'sThe View, Good Morning America and HBO's Real Time w/Bill Maher. Prior to joining ABC, Tara became a household name for her no nonsense...

Paul Butler

Albert Brick Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Paul Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice, with his scholarship having been published in many leading scholarly journals and frequently in popular media. He is the Albert Brick Professor of Law at Georgetown University and regularly lectures for the American Bar Association and the...

Rick Jones

President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Executive Director and founding member, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Rick Jones is the executive director and a founding member of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS). He is a distinguished trial lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience in complex multi-forum litigation. Rick is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the criminal defense externship and a trial practice course. He...