Maya Moore has teamed up with an elected prosecutor, Mark Dupree, and justice system expert, Miriam Aroni Krinsky, to educate the public on the pitfalls of our current criminal justice system. Their goal: the redefine how prosecutors, and the public, view justice. For far too long, prosecutors' success has been judged by their tally of convictions rather than their ability to build safer, healthier communities. The reality is, there are human lives attached to every case that comes before the court. Yet, the lives of those being prosecuted are rarely taken into consideration. The result has been punishments that do not fit the crimes, swift and wrongful convictions, and mass incarceration instead of medical treatment.
Moore began this journey after learning of Jonathan Irons' story from her godparents. At sixteen years old, Irons was picked up for a burglary charge to which he pleaded not guilty. He was convicted and sentenced to sixty-five years in prison. Moore's family has been working for two decades to exonerate Irons, and recently, Moore has stepped up and stepped out to advocate for sweeping criminal justice reform.
Moore's recent advocacy work has been quiet but courageous. As she has solidified her place on the court, she has started to leverage her platform as a WNBA superstar to bring awareness to Irons' plight and others like him. Her first objective is to educate the public on who we are electing as prosecutors and what kind of approach they take to justice. The mission is to elect leaders who "promote fairness, equity, and sensible approaches to justice system engagement." Moore is one of several professional athletes who have taken on criminal justice reform as part of the larger dialogue around racial inequality in the United States, and while her work has not been lauded as much as some of her male counterparts, she is making great impact in her hometown and beyond.
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