Derecka Purnell Warns Against Regressive Policing on the Heels of Progressive Reform

Derecka Purnell (’17), the deputy director of the Spirit of Justice Center at Union Theological Seminary, examined in an op-ed for The Guardian both progress and setbacks in criminal justice reform following the COVID-19 outbreak (“Coronavirus Has Shown That It Is Possible To Change the US Criminal Justice System,” April 7). “We cannot let the confusion of the crisis further entrench mass incarceration,” Derecka wrote.