Durell speaks with Seattle University Law students

Photo Credit: Erika Schultz of the Seattle Times

Photo Credit: Erika Schultz of the Seattle Times

This week Durell spoke with students in Seattle University School of Law’s First Year Fellows class. Thank you to Professors Yeung and Goldy for inviting us and for starting the conversation around restorative justice with future leaders in the legal field! And thank you to Seattle University School of Law for being a consistent supporter of our organization! 

“I am a product of restorative justice. What does it mean to me? It’s more about mentoring—building and nurturing that person. And people that usually have support and nurturing are doing things they’re passionate about, they don’t usually wanna break the law as much as people who don’t have those supports. And that’s the most important part of restorative justice I believe—it’s the community aspect.

What is community? Community isn’t the same thing to everyone... we have to create spaces for everyone to feel like they belong somewhere. That’s all they define criminal behavior as, antisocial behavior for the most part. You have a place where you can socialize and be yourself and be accepted, you won’t engage in antisocial behavior.”

That is our ultimate goal at CHOOSE 180—to connect young people with the community and resources they need to stop engaging in behavior that puts them at risk of engagement with the criminal justice system. By engaging with our community, young people are more likely to stay in school and less likely to ever enter the revolving door of incarceration.

Want a member of CHOOSE 180 to speak in your class, your office, or to your community? Send an email to info@choose180.org.

Sean Goode