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

Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard Law School & author of "Chokehold: Policing Black Men"

Professor Butler researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. His scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review (two articles), the Stanford Law Review and the UCLA Law Review (three articles).  He is the author of the widely...

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...