Wednesday, May 25, 2022 7:00 PM
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
"Judge Pratt's book exposes the many ways that the American criminal court system doubly punishes those who are already society's most vulnerable. Her solutions are deceptively simple and overwhelmingly necessary. Written with true care and compassion, this is an essential book for healing our broken justice system." —Anthony Ray Hinton, New York Times-bestselling author of “The Sun Does Shine”
A renowned judge wonders: What would criminal justice look like if we put respect at the center?
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and A Cappella Books welcome former Chief Judge of the Newark Municipal Court and Professor of Criminal Justice at the Rutgers Newark School, the Honorable Victoria Pratt, for a discussion of her powerful new book, “The Power of Dignity: How Transforming Justice Can Heal Our Communities,” on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 PM.
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. Masks are required.
About the Book
The Black and Latina daughter of a working-class family, Victoria Pratt learned to treat everyone with dignity, no matter their background.
When she became Newark Municipal Court’s chief judge, she knew well the inequities that poor, mentally ill, Black, and brown people faced in the criminal justice system. Pratt’s reforms transformed her courtroom into a place for problem-solving and a resource for healing. She assigned essays to defendants so that the court could understand their hardships and kept people out of jail through alternative sentencing and nonprofit partnerships. She became the judge of second chances, because she knew too few get a first one.
With a foreword from Senator Cory Booker, “The Power of Dignity” shows how we can transform courtrooms, neighborhoods, and our nation to support the vulnerable and heal community rifts. That’s the power of dignity.
About the Author
The Honorable Victoria Pratt served as the chief judge of the Newark Municipal Court, is a professor at the Rutgers Newark School of Criminal Justice, and has taught at the Rutgers School of Law. Her TED talk, “How Judges Can Show Respect,” has been viewed over thirty million times. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.