“Punishment Without Accountability Isn’t Justice,” by Elizabeth Hilt, Ann Crews Melton, and Joel Friesz. Published in the Bismarck Tribune, February 22, 2023, and the Fargo Forum, February 27, 2023.


“Our communities are abuzz with debates over crime and punishment, from mandatory minimum sentencing proposed by legislators to racist taunts at basketball games. Rightfully so, these debates raise questions: How do we create safer, more peaceable communities, and how do we hold people accountable when harm happens?”


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