The United States represents 5% of the world's population, yet incarcerates 25% of the world's incarcerated population, and after spending 40 years working in the criminal justice system, Wesley Saint Clair can say with confidence that this system isn't benefiting the American people.
In a talk titled 'The Case for Restorative Justice in American Courts,' Saint Clair took the stage to promote programs which should be prioritized in youth criminal proceedings, as the current model has had a devastating impact on communities of color in particular. Instead, Saint Clair makes a case for restorative programs, which utilizes evidence-based support systems to build a community around all impacted by the crime, including the perpetuator and the victim. According to Saint Clair, in 80% of these cases, the perpetrator never re-commits a crime again.
Saint Clair ends the talk by emphasizing that "this is the most helpful criminal justice reform I have ever seen," noting that America already has the ability to execute these programs, they simply need to step forward.