COVID-19 Creates Opportunities for Justice Reform | Guests: Kathleen McGoey & Mike Butler | Ep 64

Matt Kibbe is joined by Kathleen McGoey, executive director of the Longmont Community Justice Partnership, and police Chief Mike Butler, to discuss how one Colorado city is revolutionizing the criminal justice system. Restorative justice focuses on restitution rather than retribution and forces offenders to take accountability for their actions. It may sound touchy-feely, but the data so far shows that restorative practices create safer communities with happier, more law-abiding citizens.

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Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”

An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.

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  • From a very old woman:
    As a child growing up in a farming community this was the way most petty crimes were handled. If someone were to shoot apples off another’s tree, or steal the apples they were made to pay for the crop AND perhaps work when harvesting began. When one borrowed a tool or a sleeping bag or whatever, and that use damaged or the item was lost, borrower replaced it. If one’s kid shot a hole in the neighbor’s window, the parent replaced it and the kid was punished by the family or the person whose window was damaged, sometimes by mowing lawns or helping at haying time to pay for damages.
    A few years ago my car was stolen. The perp was put not jailed but had to apologise and was under the parole system. The insurance determined the amount the vehicle was worth and sent a check. A better way would have been for the perp to buy me another comparable vehicle. It would have cost him more than his apology.
    I think this should be a part of the learning of our children…we should move within the community as parents with values first. There is not enoughf Self -responisibility, -reliability, or -sufficiency today. We have lost respect for one another within communities and are considered dirtbags by police force (force the operative word here).

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