Welcome to Fault Lines: Monitoring America’s Criminal Justice System
June 1, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Welcome to Fault Lines, an experiment in criminal justice thought and writing. There are usually good arguments to be had on either side of critical issues, but writing often fails to reflect them. We hope to fix that. The core purpose is to illuminate issues in and around the law in a way that is comprehensible to all.
This is a big challenge, and whether we will meet it remains to be seen. There will be writings here reflecting various perspectives on criminal law and justice, sometimes in direct conflict. There is a good chance you will find one side more persuasive, or at least more agreeable, than the other, but the intention is to give you pause to think even if you ultimately do not agree.
The key to achieving this is to present honest, rational thought, well-supported by law and/or logic, and reflecting information that adds to knowledge rather than muddies it. We will be politically incorrect at times, as legal system doesn’t always offer inputs and outcomes that suit everyone’s personal tastes. Consider this an overarching trigger warning. We will evoke unpleasant feelings from time to time. If that’s more than you can take, you may prefer to go elsewhere for information and commentary.
Will we achieve our lofty goal? We hope so, and we will try desperately to do so, but there is a fairly good chance we will fall short from time to time. This too is part of trying to be honest about what we’re doing. It’s not easy to always be right, but it is easy to always tell the truth.
Main image via Matteo Cossu