"To my fellow African-Americans who may be feeling a heavy burden right now, a weight, a sadness, anger: I see your humanity, your resilience, and you are beautiful. Protect your peace, cultivate black joy, and choose how you want to live in this world."
As riots rage across the nation, it may be tempting for some, or expedient for the President, to rail against the rioters and to view these events as a failure of the rule of law. We don't agree.
Harris' case perfectly illustrates why the criminal justice system is no place for people with serious mental illness. They belong in the mental health system where they can get treatment, not in jails or prisons where they are likely to suffer and get worse.
As New York City grapples with how to replace Rikers in the name of progressive reform, it’s still not too late to consider building “one-stop shops” like Albany and Dade County.