Collective Action Against Corruption in the Criminal Justice System
Corruption as a System
By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Kiely Barnard-Webster, Peter Woodrow
The Criminal Justice System (CJS) is the ballast to a nation’s stability.
By enforcing the rule of law, the police, courts, and corrections provide citizens with security. However, when the system becomes so riddled with corruption, what was meant to be a protector becomes a predator.
This distortion of the CJS’s purpose occurs through the systematic use of extortion/bribery, sexual favors, political interference, and favoritism – or, typically, some combination of all four.
This innovative practice brief describes an experimental effort to combat these forces within the CJS of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. It describes the two-year effort, explains the processes used for learning, highlights key results, and offers lessons learned, as well as ongoing challenges.
Originally published at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects