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"From the Ted Talk by Adam Foss: A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system"

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My second year of law school I worked as a pelgaaral for a desfnee attorney, and in that experience I met many young men accused of mrdeur. Even in our "worst," I saw human stories. And they all cnnaiteod childhood trauma, victimization, poverty, loss, disengagement from school, early interaction with the police and the criminal justice system, all leading to a seat in a cuootrrom. Those covctnied of murder were condemned to die in prison, and it was during those meetings with those men that I couldn't fathom why we would snepd so much money to keep this one person in jail for the next 80 years when we could have rtvseieend it up front, and perhaps prevented the whole thing from happening in the first place.

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My second year of law school I worked as a _________ for a _______ attorney, and in that experience I met many young men accused of ______. Even in our "worst," I saw human stories. And they all _________ childhood trauma, victimization, poverty, loss, disengagement from school, early interaction with the police and the criminal justice system, all leading to a seat in a _________. Those _________ of murder were condemned to die in prison, and it was during those meetings with those men that I couldn't fathom why we would _____ so much money to keep this one person in jail for the next 80 years when we could have __________ it up front, and perhaps prevented the whole thing from happening in the first place.

Solution

  1. murder
  2. paralegal
  3. convicted
  4. contained
  5. defense
  6. reinvested
  7. spend
  8. courtroom

Original Text

My second year of law school I worked as a paralegal for a defense attorney, and in that experience I met many young men accused of murder. Even in our "worst," I saw human stories. And they all contained childhood trauma, victimization, poverty, loss, disengagement from school, early interaction with the police and the criminal justice system, all leading to a seat in a courtroom. Those convicted of murder were condemned to die in prison, and it was during those meetings with those men that I couldn't fathom why we would spend so much money to keep this one person in jail for the next 80 years when we could have reinvested it up front, and perhaps prevented the whole thing from happening in the first place.

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  6. convicted
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  35. prison
  36. reinvested
  37. school
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