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Judge Victoria Pratt: How Respect Can Change the World

May 17, 2022

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What if our criminal justice system could heal people, not just punish them?

For decades, the United States has had the highest incarceration rates in the world. And, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics,* nearly half of inmates in local county jails have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

We know the system is broken — but how do we fix it?

Victoria Pratt says it starts with respect. And she saw firsthand how it transformed her own courtroom.

Judge Pratt is the former chief judge of the Newark municipal court, a professor at the Newark School of Criminal Justice and Rutgers Law School, and the author of The Power of Dignity: How Transforming Justice Can Heal Our Communities.

She says the current system is not justice. And we need to bring dignity back to the courtroom. Because everyone deserves to be seen, heard, and treated with respect.

If you ever feel discouraged by the seemingly insurmountable problems we face today, watch this episode now. Because Judge Pratt will restore your faith in humanity. 

You’ll learn:

Most importantly, you’ll understand why our justice system is broken and what each of us can do to fix it.

Now Judge Pratt and I would love to hear from you.

What aha or insight from today’s episode resonated with you most? And more importantly, how can you put it in action today?

Leave a comment below and let us know. Then, go and take that action! Because every kindness has a ripple effect. The way you treat others in the street, at the supermarket, and at home matters... more than you know. 

As Victoria says, “You never know what your kindness and treating people with humanity is going to do. And when it's going to come back to bless you.”

Thank you so very much for adding your voice to this important conversation. If you have friends, clients or colleagues who’d be inspired by Judge Pratt’s message, please share this post.

And if this MarieTV fired you up, check out my in-studio interview with Judge Victoria Pratt. She explains why people can’t be failures, plus how procedural justice can — and is — saving lives.

With so much love and appreciation,

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