A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system | Adam Foss

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When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people’s lives for the better instead of ruining them.

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  1. I don't agree with his views and I have a valid counter argument. Let's say for a minute we don't brand him a felon and we call this a misdemeanor, okay Christopher doesn't go to jail and maybe serves some probation. What's to stop him from committing the same crime again and then being left off the hook. And we'll also compare us to some place like Norway. They spend $120,000 per inmate and give them great housing. (Also shorter sentences.) The problem with not giving people like Christopher the deserved justice is repeat offenders. But I like Christopher's story and let's say we make an exception for him. Except we can't do that. Why not? Well repeat offenders, we'd have to make an exception for everyone or not make an exception for everyone. So we start making these exceptions and let's also say John steals and sells 30 laptops. What if John just gets away with a misdemeanor and then he goes back to a life of crime, what do we do now? He knows the system will go easy on him so what's stopping him from chancing another theft? I do believe Adam Foss and a lot of people in the comments have good intentions, but there is simply no way to continue to make exceptions and change the rules. And yes Adam Foss branded this story for Christopher to be a high school student and working a part-time job and trying to go to college, but the laws are there for a reason. Adam Foss wants us to believe a world where the Justice system is more kind, but that's simply not a good world. A warmer kinder justice system welcomes more crime and with no criminal record they might even get away with the crime more times than once.

  2. this is by far the most beneficial video. thank you for pointing out a huge problem that must have been seen by billion prosecutors everywhere.

  3. Prosecutors Office is a Offensive and negative office. Their moto is guilty until proven innocent and we don't use common sense!! Get a conviction at all cost or you will not work here again! He may bbe and exception to some, but as a Ret. Police Officer I've seen first hand the criminal actions utilized by corrupt racist judges and prosecutors use against innocent people of color!!!

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  5. Yeah because you prosecutors listen to corrupt law enforcement officers who hate certain people because we know the truth and you want to falsely imprisoned us to make us go away the tides have changed we have all become one and we are going to take action like you've never seen before so go get your finger nails manicured in your hair dyed again buddy does people like you are worthless to mealong with your child killing women killing men killing FBI CIA DEAand your Marshalls at like to shoot 14 year old kids in the back and those are the guys is Dick's you guys suck everyday

  6. I would like to say thatthat I am a white female and in the town I live in its not the prosicuter that needs help it the defense attorney who wasnt allowed to defend me the way he should or wanted but rather the way the county forced him,in the sence that he wasnt allowed to defend me at all n2m the time spent with ur p.d. is suppose to be private which was denied as well and was forced to have our meeting in the court room in front of the audience judge and included the bailiff hovering over top of us listening intently to make sure he didnt defend me past my basic knowledge of the law!!

  7. Judge Dawn Snyder and Sarah Chavez (asstDA) of Carbon County, Wyoming–are unethical, corrupt and blind to justice. Snyder/Chavez are lesbians who send innocent men to prison due to their hatred of men. A kind of reverse #MeToo movement.

  8. This is why voting is important. It all starts with local and state prosecutors. As well as sheriffs. Sadly the powers that be want the system in place to remain.

  9. Yes
    How about working with Teal Swan who is devoted to totally transforming the justice system…and jails?

    Empowerment.
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    The way.

  10. Bravo Yes Adam Foss . .IMO many prosecutors are in politicians pockets & used to Virtue Signal constituents .. esp w privatization of prison system American justice needs Ur leadership🙏😎💫😇🕊

  11. Expelled for bad behavior? Given 3 chances to work with parents to keep you in school? Given a fair hearing? AND YOU STILL ARE ACCUSED OF DISRUPTING THE CLASSROOM, THEN YOU PROBABLY ARE GUILTY. In the old days (maybe 30 years ago) DELINQUENT CHILDREN WERE NOT ALLOWED TO CAUSE VIOLENCE OR HINDER THE EDUCATION OF OTHERS. If the parents could not control their behavior THEY WENT TO THE BAD BOYS HOME UNTIL THEY WERE AT LEAST 18. That home PROTECTED them from street predators, provided some education, and KEPT THEM ALIVE. I SAID ALIVE TO SEE ANOTHER DAY, INSTEAD OF DYING ON THE STREETS BY THE THOUSANDS IN THE OBAMA ERA. Thank you President Trump. A dead child is just dead. A LIVE child protected by a group home LIVES TO GROW UP AND SEE ANOTHER DAY.

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