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From the Ted Talk by Robin Steinberg and Manoush Zomorodi: The US is addicted to incarceration. Here's how to break the cycle

Unscramble the Blue Letters

RS: So, you know, we have to reckon with what we've done. If we don't face head-on how we've used our criminal legal system, and who we have targeted, and how we've defined crime, and how we psnuih people, we're never going to move forward. So we are going to have to reckon with the harm that we've caused. And in so doing, we're going to have to shift our lens. And that's a real challenge for us, right? We're going to have to shift our lens from a system that's about punishment and cruelty and isolation and cages to a lens of, "What do you need, how can we sropput, where have we failed, how can we make that better, how can we restore and how can we heal?" And if we aren't willing to do that, criminal jicstue reform is going to be stalled, or what comes next is going to be really problematic. It is a fundamental shift in the way that we see our criminal justice system. And make no mistake about it, the context of our criminal lgeal system is we have turned our back on sioacl pmbreols, right? So we have turned our backs on homelessness and dire poverty and structural rciasm and mental health challenges and addiction and even imgrmtaioin stuats. And instead, we have used our jails and our criminal legal system, right, to asnwer those problems. And that has to change.

Open Cloze

RS: So, you know, we have to reckon with what we've done. If we don't face head-on how we've used our criminal legal system, and who we have targeted, and how we've defined crime, and how we ______ people, we're never going to move forward. So we are going to have to reckon with the harm that we've caused. And in so doing, we're going to have to shift our lens. And that's a real challenge for us, right? We're going to have to shift our lens from a system that's about punishment and cruelty and isolation and cages to a lens of, "What do you need, how can we _______, where have we failed, how can we make that better, how can we restore and how can we heal?" And if we aren't willing to do that, criminal _______ reform is going to be stalled, or what comes next is going to be really problematic. It is a fundamental shift in the way that we see our criminal justice system. And make no mistake about it, the context of our criminal _____ system is we have turned our back on ______ ________, right? So we have turned our backs on homelessness and dire poverty and structural ______ and mental health challenges and addiction and even ___________ ______. And instead, we have used our jails and our criminal legal system, right, to ______ those problems. And that has to change.

Solution

  1. racism
  2. answer
  3. problems
  4. legal
  5. punish
  6. immigration
  7. support
  8. social
  9. justice
  10. status

Original Text

RS: So, you know, we have to reckon with what we've done. If we don't face head-on how we've used our criminal legal system, and who we have targeted, and how we've defined crime, and how we punish people, we're never going to move forward. So we are going to have to reckon with the harm that we've caused. And in so doing, we're going to have to shift our lens. And that's a real challenge for us, right? We're going to have to shift our lens from a system that's about punishment and cruelty and isolation and cages to a lens of, "What do you need, how can we support, where have we failed, how can we make that better, how can we restore and how can we heal?" And if we aren't willing to do that, criminal justice reform is going to be stalled, or what comes next is going to be really problematic. It is a fundamental shift in the way that we see our criminal justice system. And make no mistake about it, the context of our criminal legal system is we have turned our back on social problems, right? So we have turned our backs on homelessness and dire poverty and structural racism and mental health challenges and addiction and even immigration status. And instead, we have used our jails and our criminal legal system, right, to answer those problems. And that has to change.

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