Adam Foss will discuss the complexities of power, privilege, and opportunity through the lens of the criminal justice system. He will highlight certain disparities and inequities that can be observed
within the context of the criminal justice system and other essential aspects of society.
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond, simply, “cases won” leading him to found Prosecutor Impact - a non-profit developing training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system.
Most recently, Mr. Foss appeared in the critically acclaimed CNN feature-length documentary “American Jail.” The Mandela Foundation recognized Mr. Foss as the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year. Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business of 2017. The NAACP awarded Mr. Foss with the 2017 Roy Wilkins Next Generation Leader Award. The Root named Mr. Foss one of the 100 most influential black Americans of 2016.
Sponsored by: The Family of David H. Caskey, RVC Philosophy Department, RVC Social Sciences, Education, and Business Division, RVC Foundation, RVC Black Student Union, RVC PAIC Committee, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford.
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