Legal structure exist to address society's problems, but unfortunately they typically only handle them, rather than solve them. They are designed to punish people, not coach them towards compliance. That's why they often make things worse, not better.
But what if instead we gave people the agency and option to choose a pathway towards success? What if we connected people to community supports so that they have enough resources to focus on their future? What if we taught people the skills they need to get out and stay out? What if we made the process so simple that most could easily navigate themselves to a beneficial outcome? And what if we then rewrote our laws to make that how it just always worked?
Because if we did all that, then those systems would function in a way that actually creates justice.
This is our formula for justice:
We calll this approach Functional Justice. This is why we exist.
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