Van Jones is one of the best to ever do it. Not only is he the author of three New York Times best-selling books, he has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social justice including #cut 50 which bring together unlikely allies—formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, community members, crime survivors, local elected officials, and law enforcement. He’s definitely a leader in the culture of politics, especially in the African American community. His new show, The Redemption Project with Van Jones is putting forgiveness on front street. It’s something everyone needs, but sometimes need help on their path.
The Redemption Project with Van Jones is a new eight-part CNN Original Series, created and executive produced by Jonas Bell Pasht and Jonah Bekhor of Citizen Jones and Academy-Award®-nominated director Jason Cohen. Offering a rare glimpse into the restorative justice process, each episode follows the victim, or surviving family members, of a life-altering crime as they journey to meet face-to-face with their offender in the hopes of finding answers or some sense of healing. Van Jones serves as a guide for the viewer throughout this transformational experience. Through unique access to the U.S. prison system, this powerful series explores the human potential for redemption.
“I wanted to do The Redemption Project because I think we have lost our sense of grace and empathy and the capacity to forgive in our culture, at the highest levels,” said Jones. “This series is my attempt to put some medicine into our very sick system and to uplift people who are doing extraordinarily courageous things every day.”
In my interview with Van Jones, we talked about how he was able to bring victims and offenders face-to-face. I also asked him if he though this type of redemption could happen for the family of Nipsey Hussle in about 10 years. Listen below.
The Redemptive Project airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Here’s a clip airing this Sunday.