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Sunday, March 19 • 16:00 - 16:45
Is This Justice, Justice? The Canadian Criminal Justice System and the Biblical Concept of Justice & Punishment

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"Justice, justice, you shall pursue!" Plenty of ink has been spilled expounding on this commandment. How do you think the Canadian and North American justice systems measure against the Biblical concept? Do you think our system is more lenient, progressive, and forgiving than the one described in the Torah? Is it the other way around? The Canadian criminal justice system is both praised for its fairness and neutrality, and criticized for ignoring the needs of victims, being overly punitive toward offenders, and at times inhumane. The Jewish concept of justice, as described in the Torah, appears to be filled with inconsistencies: great compassion and ruthless punishment live side-by-side in the pages of the Torah. Can the Jewish concept of justice shed light on our adversarial, punitive justice system? How would the biblical portrayal of justice and punishment change the way we do things in Canada and the western world? Is the Canadian system one that upholds "Justice, justice?"

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Dyanoosh Youssefi

Dyanoosh Youssefi is the Executive Director and founder of All IN, an organization that advocates for inclusive communities. She is a former criminal defence lawyer, a legal studies professor, a writer, and a social justice advocate. Her passion for justice and building community led her to run for Toronto City Council in 2014. For over 30 years, she has volunteered consistently, both at the local and international level, and has served in... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2017 16:00 - 16:45
G4 16th Floor

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