For us, reform in the most straightforward terms, is best defined as substantial change. Specifically, criminal justice reform (and we mean meaningful reform) must include changes in how our criminal system functions, from: how arrests are made, to how bail is calculated & collected, to how trial proceedings are communicated, to our rate of incarceration & sentencing guidelines, to how we equip people to return to their communities.
Yup- all of it.
From another, completely different lens, reform means changing our relationship to consumption and convenience. It’s a change in how we get what we need, who we spend our hard earned dollars with, and what we give value to. Reform looks like changing who we do business with and what we expect from them in terms of their transparency and impact. It means discovering the importance of sustainable practices and holding ourselves to a higher standard when it comes to our individual consumption.
That said, we see the future of the fashion bending itself more and more towards the need to recognize the perilous state of the planet. And I see this happening as a result of consumer demand and we hope, a growing and shared acceptance of what science tells us about not only the future, but the here and now. The same is true of our thoughts on mass incarceration. We think more and more Americans, across lines of race & class, are waking up to the human and civil rights horror that is the age of mass incarceration. We think this is in large part to pop culture conversations that have grown visibility around our justice system. And our hope is that this energy, the momentum of this moment, will produce the revisions our future so desperately depends on.
Ultimately, it's time to change the metric.
CEO & Founder, Grant Blvd