Thank you for sharing this, Jueseppi. This is a very moving and complex tale that shows how utterly bankrupt the colonized world and its so called “justice system” really are. Circle justice is the way of the future; direct from the past/ancestors. People exist in relationship with their community. We must heal both not punish one for imbalance far deeper than any one being could cause.
Life Begins at Sixteen
Cyntoia Brown could be a gifted litigator, professor Preston Shipp thought, as he discussed the moving parts of the criminal justice system with his 30 students. Inquisitive, engaged, able to parse a legal principle and trace its lineage, the 21-year-old Brown was unlike anyone he’d ever taught.
It wasn’t just that she wrung every nugget of knowledge she could from her professor. It was her active, searching mind. Whenever Shipp played devil’s advocate supporting the prevailing model of mass incarceration, Cyntoia was the one student he could count on to pick holes in his argument. That set her apart from his students at Lipscomb University, undergrads whose attendance at chapel and Bible study is mandatory.
But there was another reason Cyntoia was different. Unlike his Lipscomb students, whose futures were limitless, Shipp knew she would never become a litigator. That’s because the class…
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