How a concern for kids caught up in the criminal justice system led an Assistant District Attorney to create evidence-based and community-based alternatives to prosecution and incarceration.
We talk about Daphne’s experiences as an Assistant District Attorney in Louisiana and founder of The Center for Public Health and Justice:
- What she saw that led her to take action
- How she went from being an outlier to an influencer
- How she builds bridges between public health and criminal justice communities
- The questions she asked that helped her identify mental health as a root concern for both public health and public safety
-- This is the second of 3 episodes focusing on the social justice intersections of public health. --
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Introducing Daphne Robinson:
Daphne Robinson is an Assistant District Attorney by day, an advocate for criminal justice reform by night. In her 20 years of working within Louisiana’s juvenile justice system, Daphne saw the system failing to protect kids -- kids who were committing crimes, and kids who were victims of crime. She got her masters in public health, and started a nonprofit called, The Center for Public Health and Justice.
[42:50] You have to recognize that I am an outlier in the system. And I'm an outlier because, number one, I have this desire to be empathetic and to see the side of those who are charged with crime, as well as those who are the victims of crime.
And an outlier in the sense of, I have had the privilege of gaining all of this knowledge as it relates to public health and the connection between public health and safe communities. And so it is a mess. Sometimes I think people around me are looking at me like, "there she goes with that public health talk again."
And because I'm not the ultimate policymaker in the work that I do by day, that's one of the reasons why I get involved in community projects. And I've made it my mission now, in starting the Center for Public Health and Justice, and becoming a voice for great programs that I've seen, like Cure Violence and others, in order to do the work that needs to be done.
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