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The Criminal Justice Awareness and Action group held a series of events this week to challenge students to consider how a criminal record can change a person's life.
“Probably everyone has committed something that they could have been convicted for, they just haven’t been caught,” said sophomore Sarah Mackenzie, awareness and policy chair for the CJAA.
For the past three years, this student-run subcommittee of the Campus Y has held a weeklong series devoted to a theme in criminal justice. The theme of this year’s Criminal Reform Advocacy Week frames the stigma placed on those who have been convicted of crimes and the life-long consequences they face.
“Our theme this year is called the myth of the criminal, and it’s to emphasize that we place certain identifiers on what it means to be a criminal without really thinking about why we’re doing that,” Mackenzie said. “We set up a series of events to question why we label people as criminals, and why we’re so quick to cast them out of society.”