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NPR Interviews Doctors Quintana and Cooper on Justice Reform 01.07.16
NPR Interviews Doctors Quintana and Cooper on Justice Reform

As part of an article chronicling Illinois's current efforts in justice reform, NPR Illinois interviewed Daniel Cooper, Ph.D., Co-executive Director of Adler's Institute on Social Exclusion; and Elena Quintana, Ph.D., Executive Director of Adler's Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice. The two shared their thoughts on changing public's understanding of the purpose of our criminal justice system. 

Arguing that reframing our perspective on crime to view it as more of a question of resources, Cooper said, “Instead of ‘this is a dangerous, violent neighborhood,’ the idea is ‘this is actually a place where we’re investing heavily in suppression and incarceration.’”

Quintana pointed out racial inequality, saying, “That [black and white people are equally as likely to use marijuana for personal use] has been shown again and again and again. And yet, white people are 15 times less likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as black people. They’re more likely to just be let off … or get some other form of sanction that does not create a lifelong barrier to employment or liberty.”

Dr. Cooper is an expert in community planning and organization. His interests include reinvesting in under-resourced neighborhoods instead of criminalizing and incarcerating their residents.

Dr. Quintana is an expert in violence prevention and community organizing. Her research focuses on restorative justice for juvenile offenders as an alternative to incarceration.

Read Illinois Issues: What Will It Take To Stem Mass Incarceration?

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