could a world look like without prisons?"
Van Buren designs restorative justice centers that, instead
of taking the punitive approach used by a system focused
on mass incarceration, treat crime as a breach of relationships
and justice as a process where all stakeholders come together
to repair that breach. With help and ideas from incarcerated
men and women, Van Buren is creating dynamic spaces that
provide safe venues for dialogue and reconciliation; employment
and job training; and social services to help keep people
from entering the justice system in the first place. "Imagine
a world without prisons," Van Buren says. "And
join me in creating all the things that we could build instead."