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Sonali Chakravarti

Sonali Chakravarti is Professor of Government and director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Radical Enfranchisement in the Jury Room and Public Life.

Just as abolitionists fought the Fugitive Slave Act, those resisting the criminalization of reproductive health can employ jury nullification.

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As a space for democratic deliberation and decision-making, the jury box still has the potential to shift the criminal legal system. But, first, we must change who is able to serve on a jury.

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Prosecutors use a system of “strikes” to engineer nearly all-white juries. Eliminating this system would not only make juries less racist, but also bring us closer to the original intent of the jury system.

Sonali Chakravarti