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  • brad tarr

    Who can argue it's not right to establish a justice system that works for everybody?

    But this will only grant what's due to the criminally or civilly dispossessed. Not everyone in poverty fits that description.

  • loramay

    I recently returned form a trip to Cuba (don't worry, U.S. State Department, I went legally). While it is still a very poor country and lacks many modern conveniences and some basic infrastructure, I was impressed by the fact that they seem to have totally eliminated the most desperate level of poverty. Everyone is poor there, but not the sad, despairing type of poor. The population has been lifted as a whole just ever so slightly to a level where their minimal basic needs are met. There is also relatively little violent crime in Cuba. They have done this through a focus on providing access to education and healthcare to everyone. Some of the revolutionary propaganda you see around Cuba declares equality for women or gender equality. Women have access to education and healthcare in Cuba while many women in countries with comparable GDP completely lack access these basic resources. Better education and healthcare in some of these countries plagued by violence would be a huge step in the right direction. Hey, let's start here in the United States and set the example. We have too much violence and too little access to quality education and healthcare ourselves.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Great point Lora. People always think we have to go global to make change, vs. starting in our own backyards.

  • Raphael Sperry

    This is a very important topic, so thanks for the post! But responding to violence with an effective "justice system" is not a self-evident description of a solution. Many Western "justice systems," most notably that in the United States, are very violent in themselves, from abusive cops, stop-and-frisk, to prison conditions and even the death penalty. These systems assume that doling out punishment is the main purpose of state-sponsored "justice," and assume (with little to no evidence) that punishment is an effective deterrent to violence and crime. International comparisons show that counties with the least violence also have more lenient justice systems, focused more on restoration than on punishment.

    Replacing socially pervasive violence (especially against women) with a legalized system of violence would not be the improvement the author seeks (at least I hope not). Just as we talk about developing countries "leapfrogging" over proven but dirty development paths in the energy field (i.e. skipping coal power plants and moving straight to wind and solar in the quest for access to energy), we could imagine that in countries with currently ineffective formal justice systems, they would not need to replicate the U.S.-led model of punitive justice in order to prevent the plaque of violence that is holding back so many women. They should aim higher -- and so should the U.S.

  • Richard Starr

    It is surprise to few that "justice" belongs to those who can pay.
    Politicians listen to those who can make their lives better or worse.
    If you can sway enough people that you can replace them, they always
    listen and react. The best among them will keep to their values even at
    the risk of loss of privilege/power. The mediocre ones tend to "compromise"
    and the poor ones are nothing but gutless carbuncles on the ass of the body
    politic.

    Then there are the ones that are simply corrupt and take in "gifts" or spend
    the public's money as if it were their own. Enjoying the best of all things while
    claiming to be the defender of the people. Or worse, claiming to be divine,
    the carrier of God's authority on Earth, making the people fearful that they will
    not escape the pain even after they die.

    Even in the United States, "Justice" comes with a price tag.
    If you have money you go into "rehab" or get parole on the claim
    of "affluenza" or you pay for the best lawyers in the world to muddy
    the water so much that it takes decades to convict you, only to have
    a pardon bought from a friendly Governor or President as they are
    leaving office.

    • Tere Ryder

      Yes, Justice with no price tag. Justice for EVERYONE!......That's what being civilized means! We need to take care of our most vulnerable