News / Voices of Change

Fair and Just Prosecution is proud to showcase the powerful words of a new generation of prosecutors. These leaders come from all over the country, with a multitude of backgrounds and stories, but they share one important quality: a commitment to creating a fair, equitable, and compassionate justice system for all. Hear from these innovative and inspiring leaders!

Prosecutors: A Vehicle for Social Change

Elected prosecutors Kim Gardner (St. Louis City, MO), Beth McCann (Denver, CO) and Attorney General Karl Racine (District of Columbia) share their perspectives on the power of prosecutors and their ability to transform the justice system.

Compassionate Release: Not a Right or Left Issue

Elected prosecutors Sarah George, Eric Gonzalez, Larry Krasner, and Stephanie Morales speak out on why they support compassionate release as a way to address over-incarceration and ensure that justice is being served. They join other criminal justice system stakeholders and experts in responding to a new report by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) outlining the pervasive underuse of compassionate release as a way to reunite people in prison who are elderly or terminally ill—and who post no public safety risk—with their loved ones.

Candid Insights from State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at the 2018 MAKERS Conference about criminal justice issues and the challenges facing our justice system, as well as her own personal background and journey to this work.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Incoming Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Address NYU Law Students

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Philadelphia District Attorney-elect Larry Krasner, and Fair and Just Prosecution’s Miriam Krinsky spoke with students at New York University Law School about their visions for a criminal justice system that is grounded in fairness, equity, and compassion. The panelists discussed their approaches to making change and encouraged students looking to advance social justice to consider becoming prosecutors.

Prosecutive Leaders Speak with Stanford Law Students

Fair and Just Prosecution partnered with the Stanford Criminal Justice Center to host a panel discussion on “Reimagining the 21st Century Prosecutor.” This engaging discussion enabled elected prosecutors to inspire and challenge laws students to think differently about justice strategies aimed at promoting fair and equitable practices and safer and healthier communities. The panel featured Diana Becton, Sherry Boston, Mark Gonzalez, Tori Verber-Salazar, and FJP’s Miriam Krinsky, and was moderated by Stanford Law Professor David Sklansky.

A New Vision for the 21st Century Prosecutor: Reflections of Newly Elected Prosecutive Leaders

Elected prosecutive leaders speak at Harvard Law School with the next generation of lawyers about new paradigms in prosecution and the importance of prosecutors in bringing about systemic change. The panel, co-hosted by Fair and Just Prosecution and Harvard’s Criminal Justice Policy Program, featured Tori Verber-Salazar, Beth McCann, Eric Gonzalez, Christian Gossett, Andrew Warren, Mark Dupree, and Melissa Nelson.

“There is a tremendous opportunity for people … to change the face of prosecution…. It’s about accountability, but it should not be simply about punishment.”
—Brooklyn (NY) Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez 

Criminal Justice, Community Justice

King County (Seattle, WA) Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg discusses the history of mass incarceration and why community programs can be more powerful than a jail cell.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s statement on officer’s acquittal

St. Louis (MO) Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner calls for building community trust and the need for “comprehensive and objective investigations” of officer-involved shootings

“There is nothing that will stop me from providing every person with a fair and impartial process — The resistors to change will not stop me, the critics will not stop me, and most certainly this verdict will not stop me.”
—St. Louis (MO) Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner 

Kim Foxx sworn in as Cook County State’s Attorney, December 1, 2016:

Excerpt from Cook County (Chicago, IL) State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s swearing in speech.

Dan Satterberg’s TEDx Talk

King County (Seattle, WA) Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg makes the case for considering the collateral consequences of incarceration and finding alternative pathways for individuals struggling with poverty, addiction and mental illness.