Ep 196: David Risley – How To Redesign and Reform The Criminal Justice System

Ep 196: David Risley – How To Redesign and Reform The Criminal Justice System

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Ep 196: David Risley - How To Redesign and Reform The Criminal Justice System

David E Risley is the host of Justice Voices, the podcast that delivers eye-opening stories and commentary about criminal justice, healing, and safer communities. 

For 32 years…yes, 32 years David was a federal prosecutor for the Central District of Illinois, where he led counter-terrorism prosecutions, and was the lead attorney on multi-jurisdictional drug distribution conspiracies for the organized-crime, drug enforcement task force.

David also served as an attorney advisor for the Iraqi High Tribunal, where he helped investigate crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes committed by Saddam Hussein and high-ranking members of his former regime.

David also provided bilateral mutual legal assistance and diplomatic liaison, as well as capacity-building programs for the Egyptian legal and judicial system.

From criminal justice policy reform, anti-violence strategy, investigating and prosecuting complex multi-jurisdictional crime and criminal organizations, anti-terrorism and national security law to international criminal justice, international humanitarian law, and Egyptian law, David’s expertise is vast.

With Justice Voices, David has a vision and mission to build a strategic action platform to redesign the US criminal justice system. a pretty seismic task indeed to redirect resources to more cost-effective solutions and reform the delivery of justice for all. Wow.

What we discuss

  • David discusses who he is and what shaped him (5.00 – 11.00)
  • We discuss faith and spiritual connections in people (11.00 – 14.00)
  • Discusses spiritual harmony and harmony in Justice (14.30-16.00)
  • David discusses other influences in shaping him (16.00- 20.00)
  • His early decision to focus on solving human problems through law (21.00 – 23.00)
  •  His ability to see both sides of an argument (24.30- 26.30)
  • Being comfortable in ambiguity (27.30 – 29.00)
  • Why he was drawn to criminal justice (30.30 – 32.00)
  • The responsibility of a prosecutor (32.00- 35.00)
  • His desire to address the issues in the Criminal Justice System and launch Justice Voices podcast (35.30 – 38.00)
  • The problem with the current punishment paradigm and restorative justice (39. 00 – 43.20)
  • Resolving the addiction to the punishment paradigm and the cost to society (45.00 -53.00)
  • Cost of Recidivism (53.00 – 54.30)
  • David and I discuss alternatives to the current system, aligning incentives and desired outcomes, and the role of CBT (56.00 – 1.01.45)
  • Injecting innovation to the current system (1.02.00 – 1.06.15)
  • Davids Justice Visions strategy to reform the system through design thinking ( 1.08.00 – 1.01.00)
  • Davids explains the innovative work being done in Bronzville, Chicago, on addressing violent-ization and trauma-informed services (1.11.30 -1.15.00)
  • Problem-solving in schools and unlocking human talent(1.17.00 – 1.24.30)
  • David describes the work of Readi Chicago in using data to create early interventions (1.27.30 – 1.30.00)

Social Links 

David on Linkedin

Justice Voices 

God Unites 



Justice Voices.org 

Readi Chicago

Norman Rockwell

Church Of Jesus Christ and Later Day Saints 

SPAC –  Sentencing Policy Advisory Council

The Innovators Dilemma

Young Chances Foundation 

Tyrique Glasgow

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