If our criminal justice system is broken, how do we fix it? Over the recent decades, much attention has turned to the failings of the criminal justice system, including the War on Drugs, mass incarceration, arcane sentencing laws, inhumane prison conditions and police brutality. While as a society, with the advent of social media, we have done a good job of keeping these problems in everyday conversation, we have done little to offer real, effective solutions that move the needle in any of these arenas. Former prosecutor and TED speaker Adam Foss, offers his view on how the power of the prosecutor can be harnessed, informed, and analyzed to produce better outcomes for our justice system and our communities.
Adam is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA and a fierce advocate for juvenile justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in reform, including ending mass incarceration. In his role as an ADA, he spearheaded several intervention, diversion and rehabilitation programs.