We Support Citizens’ Assemblies

Citizens must be involved in developing new ideas for justice improvements. Injustice occurs in the community and new justice practices, to be effective, must arise out of those same communities. As a result, the Global Justice Resource Center third strategy is the call for a collaborative effort to create Citizen’s Assemblies in every country where possible and in each of the 50 states in the United States.

A citizens’ assembly is a body of citizens who deliberate on an issue or issues of national importance. The membership of a citizens’ assembly is randomly selected and is seen as a process of democracy in action. The purpose is to employ a cross-section of the public to study the available options on certain questions and to propose answers to these questions. They have proven effective in many countries for many years.