Adam Foss JD '08, Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of Suffolk County, gave a a February 2016 TED Talk, “A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system,” that had 610,000 views as of March 31. In the talk, Foss tells the story of Chris, an 18-year-old African American who stole 30 laptops from the Best Buy where he worked and sold them online. The crime had the potential to carry 30 individual charges of felony larceny. But Foss, in his role as prosecutor, decided not to arraign Chris, taking a rare and creative approach—with life-changing results.

According to the TED website, “Adam Foss has become one of Boston's leading voices for compassion in criminal justice. Recognizing that prosecutors have a unique opportunity to intervene in offender's lives, Foss co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE Program, a collaborative effort between defendants, the court, the probation department, and the D.A. to recast probation as a transformative experience rather than a punitive process.”

Watch Adam Foss’s talk.