What would she say to those who refuse to sympathise with Richardson? He is, after all, a criminal, and to many Americans the mantra is still: You do the crime, you do the time.
“I think it goes back to forgiveness,” says Bradley. “What do we gain as a society from excessive sentencing?”
...he didn't steal a loaf of bread to feed a starving child. He robbed a bank. And what we gain is safety from such criminals.
Technically, he is still not free, though: he will be on parole and under curfew for the next 40 years, Bradley points out.
“So again, as Fox has said herself, you commit one crime in the state of Louisiana as a black family and they have you for life.”
Well, seems the answer's simple then.
There are grounds for hope, she believes. One is the fact that racial injustice and America’s prison-industrial complex are now mainstream topics.
“They’re being talked about in the media in the same way that Batman is being talked about, right?”