Jury Duty: Complicity in the Penal System?

The prison system in the United States is a cruel warehousing institution that neither rehabilitates nor protects society. Millions of individuals are imprisoned—many in conditions that would besmirch any human rights report. Quakers work for reform of this system, either through visitation, Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) training, or encouraging our legislators to do away with the death penalty. But what if we are called upon by the state to be cogs in the penal system? Two years ago, I was called for jury duty for the first time in 60‐odd years. I took the summons seriously and🔒

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Rob Callard, a member of Charleston (W. Va.) Meeting, attends Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).

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