At first of his profession, Rahsaan Corridor struggled with the concept of being a Black prosecutor sending different Black and Latinx people to jail.  

After greater than a decade of working as a civil rights lawyer and advocate, Corridor, who graduated from Northeastern College’s College of Legislation with a juris physician diploma in 1998, is operating for Plymouth County district lawyer to assist carry change to the felony justice system from inside.

“It doesn’t maintain as much as what we now perceive the impacts are of isolation, and overcrowding, and shaming, and trauma,” Corridor says. “We’ve acquired generations of proof to indicate {that a} majority of the individuals who go into jail don’t come out higher.”

Corridor, 49, a Brockton resident, is the one Democratic candidate on the Plymouth County poll on this yr’s midterm election. He’s difficult the incumbent Marshfield Republican Tim Cruz, 62, who’s looking for reelection for a sixth four-year time period.

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Rahsaan Corridor, Northeastern’s College of Legislation alumnus, class of 1998, is a civil rights advocate, former assistant district lawyer and ordained reverend, who’s operating for Plymouth County district lawyer to carry change to the company and the felony justice system from inside. Courtesy picture Rahsaan Corridor

Cruz, who has been the Plymouth County DA for the final 21 years, is operating on the premise of his prior accomplishments: aggressive prosecution of crime, elevated legislation enforcement suppression efforts and proactive violence prevention initiatives. 

Corridor, a civil rights advocate, former assistant DA and ordained reverend, is providing voters a imaginative and prescient of a public security system by which victims are handled with compassion and respect and individuals who have precipitated hurt are held accountable in a method that’s useful to their communities.

The slogan of his marketing campaign is “Reclaiming the spirit of justice.” 

“The purpose is to ship a system of justice that’s rooted in restoration, transformation and therapeutic,” Corridor says. 

For a very long time, the felony justice system has been working by being robust on crime within the identify of legislation and order. This strategy has did not ship justice, Corridor says, citing wrongful convictions, unjust sentences and the shortage of different methods to resolve issues in low-level nonviolent offenses. 

Corridor says that victims and survivors of violent crime have to be handled with dignity and respect in order that they really feel heard and cared for by individuals within the system as a substitute of being handled as simply witnesses in a case.

On the identical time, he’s involved in regards to the lack of transparency within the Plymouth County DA workplace, excessive incarceration charges and one of many highest charges of recidivism for incarcerated individuals.

Corridor needs to guarantee that the DA’s workplace doesn’t make the prevailing racial disparities in American society worse. He intends to overtly share the workplace’s insurance policies and practices with the general public and proposes to gather empirical information to measure whether or not the company’s practices are efficient, and what the outcomes for communities are.

Corridor says jail will not be all the time the very best different and that there are different methods to make sure accountability, particularly for people who battle with substance use and psychological well being problems. He hopes to spend money on community-based options and packages that improve optimistic outcomes for the group and obtain individuals whose instances have been diverted to verify they aren’t trapped within the cycle of recidivism.

“That’s what it means to reclaim the spirit of justice,” Corridor says.

Corridor has constructed his skilled profession on the intersection of felony justice and civil rights advocacy. 

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