What Kind of Prison Might the Inmates Design?

What Kind of Prison Might the Inmates Design?

August 19, 2014 | by Lee Romney | Los Angeles Times

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In a workshop held in San Francisco County Jail No. 5, inmates re-imagined confinement in a restorative justice workshop and expressed their thoughts on the criminal justice system. Through the lens of design, students were encouraged to think about how space intersects with punishment, rehabilitation, and justice. Restorative justice expert sujatha baliga explains in the article how the binary nature of courtrooms—where one person is a victor and the other vanquished—is contrary to the principles of restorative justice, which value reaching a collaborative agreement on punishment.

In a workshop held in San Francisco County Jail No. 5, inmates re-imagined confinement in a restorative justice workshop and expressed their thoughts on the criminal justice system. Through the lens of design, students were encouraged to think about how space intersects with punishment, rehabilitation, and justice. Restorative justice expert sujatha baliga explains in the article how the binary nature of courtrooms—where one person is a victor and the other vanquished—is contrary to the principles of restorative justice, which value reaching a collaborative agreement on punishment.

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