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Coffee Talk: Crime and Punishment

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Coffee Talk: Crime and Punishment


SpokaneFAVS wrapped up 2013 with a Coffee Talk discussion on crime and punishment. Related posts are below.

December Coffee Talk/Tracy Simmons
December Coffee Talk/Tracy Simmons

“Crimes, society and restorative justice”

Crimes are society’s way of defining unacceptable behavior.

Who’s responsible for crime, punishment and the death penalty?

Imagine a concrete box called home for years, 23 hours a day, shuffling in chains when you do get out for that 60 minutes per day.

The best way to make a nonviolent offender violent, is to put him in prison” 

In the health field, it is critical to identify the cause of a problem so that it can be removed or corrected.

“How a padded room opened me up to a new view of crime and punishment”

I remember viewing my first “holding room” in a local youth detention facility.

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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