Jury duty is an important element of a fair and democratic justice system. Another strategy to address mass incarceration is to reform juries.
Founder of The Juror Project William Snowden doesn’t just want more racial diversity on juries. He also wants what he calls “ideological diversity” and diversity of lived experiences. That’s why the habit of removing people with negative opinions of police upsets him so. It can prevent his clients from actually getting a jury of their peers.
“If we’re frustrated with verdicts, and trying to get out of jury duty,” he said, then “we’re part of the problem.”