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Post-Ferguson Social Engineering: Problem-Solving Justice Or Just Posturing?, Mae C. Quinn Jan 2016

Post-Ferguson Social Engineering: Problem-Solving Justice Or Just Posturing?, Mae C. Quinn

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This essay - published on the second anniversary of Mike Brown's shooting death in Ferguson and one year after the United States Department of Justice issued its shocking findings regarding St. Louis County’s juvenile court system - urges skepticism regarding claims of ongoing system reform in Missouri.

While there is some good work being done by committed reformers, it interrogates the intentions of emerging "change agents" who now purport to care about racial bias, youth justice, and criminal law – those who for years merely stepped over widespread injustices in their own community. It further challenges the legal theories such individuals ...