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It’s time to reimagine justice that works.

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After months of feeling the impact from COVID-19 and the recent groundswell of social justice movement, we have found ourselves at a pivotal moment. Where we go from here will have far-reaching effects on society for decades to come.

During the months of August and September, Square One Roundtable participants virtually convened to discuss aspirations for a new social contract. 

Bruce Western, Emily Wang, Sukyi McMahon, Matthew Desmond, Danielle Allen, and Vivian Nixon joined The Raben Group to consider what reimagining justice looks like in real life.

Square One Is Reimagining Justice

Square One is considering the fundamental issues of justice: poverty and racial inequality, violence and safety, criminalization and punishment, and a reexamination of traditional responses to crime. By looking in new places for more effective responses, we ask the question: if we could start at “square one,” how would justice policy be different?


It’s time to consider a fundamental reevaluation of justice policy and practice in this country.


Let’s reimagine how we create justice for all - especially in neighborhoods that suffer from injustice and that deserve public safety that works. The good news? The left, the right, and everyone in between agree we need this to happen - and now is the time.

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Executive Session

The Executive Session on the Future of Justice Policy brings together more than two dozen researchers, practitioners, policy makers, advocates, and community representatives to generate and cultivate new ideas. The Session will publish a series of papers that is intended to catalyze thinking and policy reform that can reduce incarceration and develop new responses to violence and other social problems that can emerge under conditions of poverty and racial inequality.

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The Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy is a series of public, live-streamed forums that bring together a cross-section of leaders, community members, academics, and other experts to consider discussion papers authored by leading researchers. They are designed to spark transformational thinking about what we can expect for our communities and our justice system. Building on research, entrepreneurial practices, and real-work expertise in communities, the Roundtable will showcase work from very local to global thought leaders.