2015 Summit: Restorative Justice

Summit seeks to shed new light on justice system
By Reece M. Krantz ’16 THE ROUNDUP Each year a new social issue takes center stage on campus. From topics like income inequality to where your food is actually coming from, this discussion serves the community by raising awareness. The title of this year’s Summit on Human Dignity is “Safe and Sound: a Case for Restorative Justice.” It will focus on the United States criminal justice system and the tribulations…
Students debate effectiveness of mandatory minimums
Mandatory minimums still effective By Gabe Morrison ’17 THE ROUNDUP As mandatory minimums become increasingly unpopular due to a worrisome number of cases in which people are over-sentenced, the concept still remains a viable idea, so long as they’re given fairly. Mandatory minimums are laws that require criminals to serve a predetermined, minimum amount of time in jail for their specific crime. Judges do not have the power to lower…
Death penalty fails to deter crime, stop criminals
By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP Capital punishment has to be one of mankind’s oldest institutions, dating back to the earliest civilizations thousands of years ago. The death penalty not only violates basic human dignity, but it also fails to deter crime. Moreover, the death penalty is impossible to administer humanely and, as recent exonerations based on DNA evidence show, it poses the tremendous risk that innocent prisoners will…
Study: Teen drug, alcohol, tobacco use down over last 2 years
Dean works to keep student substance abuse down By Carter Santini ’15 THE ROUNDUP  The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission released statistics in November reporting that teen drug, alcohol and tobacco use is down. The poll asked 48,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders from 15 countries, and found a downward trend from the last poll conducted two years ago. Alcohol usage was down 5 percent, marijuana usage down 3 percent, tobacco…
Juvenile incarceration down, makeup heavily Hispanic
By Garrison Murphy ’15 THE ROUNDUP There are 347 minors currently in the Arizona Juvenile Correctional System, a sharp decline from 559 in 2011, according to a demographic annual report obtained by The Roundup. Of those 347, 47.8 percent are Hispanic and 49 percent are from Maricopa County. The shift in the number of kids entering the system is part of a statewide trend that has become apparent in recent…
Sheriff Arpaio’s ‘Tent City’ unjustifiable, violates human dignity
By Jack Cahill ’17 THE ROUNDUP Sheriff Joseph Arpaio modified the Maricopa County Jail in the 1990s, which is now better known as “Tent City.” In the years since its creation, Tent City has been the subject of numerous debates, mainly due to the fact that it is nothing more than a array of Korean-War-era tents in the desert that house inmates. Debates regarding whether or not Tent City is…
Status offenses offer both good, bad outcomes for teens under 18
By Jace Riley ’16 THE ROUNDUP Status offenses are a set of laws based on minors’ status of being a minor and most go away upon turning 18. Some examples are that minors can’t runaway from their house, can’t ditch school or be out past curfew. While I understand why these laws exist and most are reasonable, I can see some cases where they can be harmful. If a minor…
Summit on Human Dignity reveals opinions on criminal justice system
By Austin Norville ’15 THE ROUNDUP The theme of this year’s Summit is restorative justice and students are beginning to give their opinions on the issue and a system many say is in need of reform. “I of course cannot claim to be an expert on the state of the U.S. justice system, but I don’t believe expertise is needed to diagnose a very stark problem. In my opinion, the…
Summit speakers to offer unique perspectives on restorative justice
By Gabe Morrison ’17 THE ROUNDUP The Office of Faith and Justice has selected a diverse group of presenters for this year’s Summit on Human dignity who will speak regarding the issues in our current criminal justice system and present their solutions. The title for this year is “Safe and Sound: The Case for Restorative Justice.” The Summit will start on March 2 and end on March 13. One keynote…