Vern Neufeld Redekop
Professor of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University, Toronto, Canada. Former President of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution. Vern is the author of From Violence to Blessing: How an Understanding of Deep-Rooted Conflict Opens Paths to Reconciliation (Novalis, 2002) and Beyond Control: A Mutual Respect Approach to Protest Crowd-Police Relations (Bloomsbury Academic, 2010).
Spent 30 years participating in, and directing, state and local police anti-drug efforts before retiring to become the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), which advocates for the legalization of drugs and a law enforcement approach that defends human rights and views drug misusers as persons in need of treatment as opposed to punishment.
A former appellate prosecutor in Nashville, Tennessee turned criminal justice reform advocate. A writer and public lecturer, Preston calls for a shift in how we regard imprisoned people, and for a new vision of justice that seeks healing, transformation, and reconciliation, not merely the infliction of suffering.