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The Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy ran from 2018 to 2021 and provided opportunities for community members, academics, industry leaders, and other experts to come together to reimagine the justice system from the ground up. The Roundtable also worked to create a public record for learning and sharing information around what a new “square one” might look like.

April 2021 Roundtable

"The Values of the Justice System" 

At this Roundtable, participants focused on identifying the values that provide our framework for justice, grappling with how they relate to racial reckoning, and examining the questions, opportunities, challenges, and ultimately the future such clarity about these values might bring.

August 2020 Roundtable

"Aspirations for the New Social Contract"

The fourth Roundtable asked, Does the U.S. regime of social and political rights currently compromise or promote the community membership of people who have been involved in the criminal justice system? Participants discussed the social contract, community resilience, economic mobility, responsibility of adjacent systems, and the importance of political engagement. 

October 2019 Roundtable

"Examining Violence in the United States"

Co-hosted by Square One and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University School of Law, this convening included a historical examination of the exceptional levels of violence in the U.S., discussions of interpersonal, intergenerational, state, and gun violence, and policy and practice changes that support healing and reconciliation that might inform our foundational thinking about justice.

March 2019 Roundtable

"Criminalization, Punitive Excess, and the Courts"

Implications for Justice Policy and Practice.” The second Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy on criminalization, punitive excess, and the courts took place in Oakland, California, in March of 2019 in partnership with Merritt College's Administration of Justice and African-American Studies departments.

October 2018 Roundtable

“The History of Racial and Economic Inequality”

Square One partnered with North Carolina Central University Juvenile Justice Institute and the Virtual Justice Project at the North Carolina Central University School of Law on the inaugural Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy to examine the history of racial and economic inequality.