What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels

What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels

A few weeks before his release from prison, Jarrell Daniels took a class where incarcerated men learned alongside prosecutors. By simply sitting together and talking, they uncovered surprising truths about the criminal justice system and ideas for how real change happens. Now a scholar and activist, Daniels reflects on how collaborative education could transform the justice system and unlock solutions to social problems.

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49 Comments

  1. Era Aion on September 4, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Kudos for getting down to the details to make the world a better place. But in this Capitalist world trade system that promotes competition, GDP is determined by exported vs imports and nothing else. So as long as you are technologically advanced, you can sell technology at material cost for skyrate profits, but as soon as you lack behind and start selling at material cost, you will go into debt unless you don’t need that essential imported technologies, lets say: iphones, internet, server batteries. Which means that poor countries that doesn’t want to just stay alive and live a nonprogressive life will need to buy helicopters and surveillance software from other countries while only exporting food to pay for it, this works, but not for long. The Americans KNOW, they’ll sell you wheat and carrots at nonexistent prices until your currency is worth nothing, now you have nothing to pay for all that technology you’re trying to import. But it’s the same for the United States, but they understand that it cost 1/1000 the price to hire police instead of feeding the Black kids that will never reach an IQ over 80. So who is REALLY playing the long game here? All these things this video talks about is nice, but Capitalism runs on money, and if you can’t pay for it, it’s worthless.

  2. Zacolyn on September 4, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Of course he’d only gone to jail in the first place because of the color of his skin. If a white man had done what he had to protect his sister, he would’ve gotten a slap on the wrist for it, or at most like six months.

  3. Mach1 GTX on September 4, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    What a powerful and insightful presentation on a usually avoided subject. The great need for this understanding is essential if our society is to recover from its nefarious path. All humans deserve respect and love, especially in a system that incarcerates more young men of color. This ambitious and caring young man is a testament to his race and the changes that are necessary in all of us.

  4. onjoFilms on September 4, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Prosecutors only want to learn how to get higher conviction rates. Don’t matter to them if they are innocent or not.

  5. Jussainwuturthinkn on September 4, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    They can learn how to do things more discreet so that the law doesn’t catch em next time.

  6. Zesty Newt on September 4, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I think everyone working in the legal system should watch this Ted talk, we need to shift the perspective on justice and incarceration in this country.

  7. Grant Vogel on September 4, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    This is eye opening

  8. Sara Forney on September 4, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I’m fresh outta jail & this is great

  9. 주혁 on September 4, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    inspiring

  10. 劉蓬 on September 4, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Chinese captions

  11. Jo-Anna Hicks on September 4, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    My God…what an amazing young Man you are!
    My heart was overcome, with your Princely demeanor.
    You are a beacon of light in a dark World my friend…and often those who shine brightest, are given the hardest "missions".
    Are you aware, that you are living that original "mission", for your World Family?…..
    I live on the other side of the Planet, but I was right there in that room with you, listening to the words of wisdom, coming from your young mouth.
    I hope you get the opportunity to see this vision, come to pass, in your lifetime. And I agree with you about education, & communication…..as a very wise man, called John Bradshaw, once said…"You can never fail with detail"…..when you hear the "details", of another’s story….we can appreciate the common threads of humanity….
    Keep learning, & educating….you have a great gift.
    Ho’oponopono.

  12. O'SSÉIN on September 4, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    *Karma is a real thing – what we put in is what we’ll get*

  13. tm4tare on September 4, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    The criminal justice system is broken!The courts and prosecutors are corrupt so what can they learn?

  14. Joseph on September 4, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    life changing

  15. Some Body on September 4, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    You’re amazing! Never look back. Behind bars also…

  16. Homestead In The Highlands on September 4, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Such an inspiration. Well done, such a great story, topic and something that needs to be heard and understood by everyone who works in justice.

  17. Frank Tsui on September 4, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    It is impressive that education changed your life and you are now changing others life. good job!

  18. BruceMagnus on September 4, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Imagine if self-defense was allowed in New York so he could’ve legally used his gun to defend himself and his sister from a potentially deadly knife attack?

    It’s too bad Democrats just want to see blacks dead or locked up in jail.

  19. Theta Kongpancake on September 4, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I Apologize In Advance For My Bluntness. I Hold No Ill Will

    So you are pushing this prison program? How do you know its not an MK-Ultra program? Sounds like they invested a lot of time and money in you. How many others have benefited from this program and why isnt it common knowledge that our prison system has figure out how to reform criminals to the point of All criminals being state senators. They Groomed You.

    I dont mean to burst your bubble but why are you so special? What is your bloodline? They gave You your very own brainwasher, I mean district attorney. How many hours did you spend together? And WHY did they make you return to prison for these special classes? When will all the other prisoners be released into this New World Order?

  20. Haren Russel Samson Makaea on September 4, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    p.s go well Senator (NY) 👍🙏☀️

  21. Reen Reen on September 4, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Such a good speaker

  22. Martha Patricia Puente De La Vega Mendigure on September 4, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    el vídeo necesita ser visto por más personas….

  23. Matrix Rogue on September 4, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Congratulations.
    It should be a man’s right if convicted for 20yrs or more to decide for "assisted suicide". I think it’s our life, our choice to end it. I for one would certainly rather die than live in prison for 10yrs. Shouldn’t that be my right?

  24. Wonjun Kim on September 4, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Amazing talk

  25. Clara Bartha on September 4, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Incredible! Damn! "Education" and "Communication" will set you free, beautiful, true, eloquent.

  26. trudaroof on September 4, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    This is pure BS, see Colin Flaherty for the truth.

  27. Sara Forney on September 4, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    I’m fresh outta jail & this is great

  28. Haren Russel Samson Makaea on September 4, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Wow! Thank you Jarr.. Why is your name obscured?! Thank you. Your story is parallel with mine! I’m at law school now. I spent years in borstal, and prison. I totally appreciate your narrative, your courage and love for your family. Thank you for inspiring me to carry on with my legal training and to become like you and speak my story. God bless you. One day we will meet. Kind sincere regards, from Haren, Dunedin, NZ.

  29. LRCLaw on September 4, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Next month I will be sitting for the Virginia Bar Exam. I will be carrying your story in my heart as I do. I will also carry with me the story of a woman I saw sentenced today. She was abused by her boyfriend and hospitalized for severe injuries including serious damage to her spleen and multiple broken bones. She was prescribed opioids for pain and developed an addiction. When the prescriptions dried up she turned to heroin. Since then she has been in and out of jail with only small under funded county programs for help and all the regular problems that come with life after incarceration. It was no surprise when she was back today having pled guilty to a crime with a 10 year mandatory minimum. My heart broke and I wanted nothing more than to run across the courtroom to give her a hug. A woman like that needs help, not a jail sentence. I think you are completely correct about getting law students and inmates together so that they can learn from each other and work together for change. This cannot continue.

  30. Oda Mae on September 4, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    EXCELLENT 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  31. JT on September 4, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    He never talked about his responsibility in communication with his victim. I know lots of youths from nyc that never felt the need to carry an illegal firearm. This is more victim class buzz words and not much substantial social science.

  32. Marwa Mohammed on September 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    … ♥️

  33. Norman Dyck on September 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Well spoke, these goals are reachable and like he said communication is the key. Not only lawyers but new police officers should hear the talk.

  34. John Doe on September 4, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    It would have been nice to also hear views from a victim of a violent crime in addition to this defendants views in order to have a better understanding of the issues in the criminal justice system.

  35. John Ganshow on September 4, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    It’s great to see people doing positive things with their lives, and now helping others in the same situation. Especially coming from dysfunctional upbringings…….

  36. デスクの部屋 on September 4, 2021 at 11:37 pm

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  37. Ben Verzijlbergen on September 4, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Good talk. Thanks for sharing and good luck keeping kids in school and off the path to prison.

  38. Subaida Rehman on September 4, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    We have to be careful who we let in to our lives. I worry about people who guide others the wrong way, especially the young men and women.

  39. Rick Anglada on September 4, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    This young man is the exception. I’m happy for him. I’m all for successful education and reintegration programs, still, there are many, very dangerous people of every, color, creed, race, religion; who have no interest in rehabilitation. Who have no remorse and no mercy. They will kill again, as we have seen countless times.
    Beware of any social justice push which turns the convicted person into the victim. That is a ploy. Again, there are a few exceptions.
    What about the actual impact to the real victims and their families? Where are the college opportunities for them? They are forgotten.

  40. One Card Short on September 4, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    He is brainwashed. He calls it the "justice system" even after most of his adult life was stolen. Of course there are black prosecutors. There have been black people allowed to be shining examples of what you can do if you step in line and obey your overlord. I do not know what TED has become lately, but I am sure Thomas Dolby wouldn’t appreciate the propaganda and psuedoscience being spread in his name.

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  42. pork chop on September 4, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Jarrell your story is very moving to me. one time when I was the Man sitting in the prosecutor’s office he introduced himself to me as he was walking into his office, I stood up to shake his hand and he said: " stop I am not your friend". I was just trying to be polite. Between your TED talk and my situation, I realize for some of them it’s just another day at the office. There is complacency among them they don’t’ know nor do they care. They won their case, I go to jail my son goes into foster care. I"m not saying they’re all like that, but what I am saying is people need to try and see the whole picture, and care about there job and not abuse power.

  43. Renee Sotelo on September 4, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    God bless you ❤️🌈 Keep paying it forward

  44. Mike Q on September 4, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Very articulate man with a great message!

  45. pork chop on September 4, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Education or elimination

  46. Tom Smyth on September 4, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Wow so you had to go to prison for 6 years to realise going to school would get you places in life. You dumb son.

  47. Subaida Rehman on September 4, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Real reform is possible for the ones who try hard with the right people guiding them. That means admitting mistakes,showing remorse and willingness to change course .

  48. Valorie Broderick on September 4, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Wow, this guy is amazing. He’s going to change the world.

  49. Docta Osiris on September 4, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Inspirational, but let’s not kid ourselves, prosecutors have never cared nor will ever care about justice, I’ve been to prison lots of times, once for something I played no part in except for actually SAVING someone’s life, I spent almost 9 months of my life on remand with no evidence whatsoever against me yet they still got away with denying me bail…
    Another time many MANY years ago in my early 20’s someone accused me of hitting them over the head with a hammer 😲 although I wasn’t sent to prison or anything, when the court case date arrived and my lawyer spoke to the prosecution and they realised I actually wasn’t guilty they decided to offer me a deal to go guilty for a reduced sentence 😲 the second I laughed and firmly said no to them they said OK, you can go home now, we’re dropping the charges… 🤦‍♂️

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