Episode 3.14: A Conversation with DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston

 

Join Miles Mediator & Arbitrator Winter Wheeler and Sherry Boston, as they discuss Ms. Boston’s journey from private criminal defense attorney to District Attorney for DeKalb County.

 

This episode covers:

 

 

 

 

  • How substance abuse affects how people are treated in the criminal justice system.
  • The challenge of police brutality cases and working within the confines of the law.
  • Improving the relationship between police officers and the communities they serve.
  • Bi-partisan efforts for national police reform.
  • Ms. Boston’s recognition that her office allows her to advocate for systematic fairness.
  • Restorative justice practice programs, the role mediation can play in breaking the cycle of retaliation and allowing parties to heal in non-intimate relationships.
  • The Importance of connecting with the community, educating the public on issues, and creating programs that give people a second chance.
  • Serving on the GRACE Commission, a statewide task force created by Georgia’s First Lady to combat human trafficking.
  • Closing loopholes for the possession of firearms by convicted domestic violence offenders.
  • The fact that there are less than 1% of African American women in the role of Chief Prosecutor as well as the level and type of criticism women face.
  • The intensely negative emails and intimidating texts Ms. Boston has to field in her role in part because she is a black woman in power.
  • Inspiring others to effectuate change.

 

 

In Sherry’s words, “This is bigger than us.”  Listen to the trailblazing district attorney talk about making the most of the opportunity to shape the world. “A Conversation with DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston” – Inspiring Women to Effectuate Change is available on Apple Podcasts Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Soundcloud. This podcast is the latest in a series of episodes that features thought leaders in Georgia’s legal community and beyond. Learn more about of The Future of Resolution Podcast.

 
 
 
 
 
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