Friday, March 2, 2012

Conversation with David Onek


David Onek is someone I know from growing up in Washington D.C. Through sheer coincidence, he has also found himself in the business of trying to change the criminal justice system. He has worked both in the non-profit sector and in government, most notably helping to run the criminal justice system in San Francisco under former Mayor Gavin Newsom. He recently ran an underdog race for district attorney in San Francisco, ultimately finishing second. Onek is now at Berkeley Law School where, among other things, he hosts a great podcast series. He was kind enough to invite me to chat earlier this week. Click here to listen to the conversation, which touches on community courts, procedural justice, and the lessons that Aubrey Fox and I learned during our research for Trial and Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure. To see other conversations from Onek's podcast series, click here.