The empathy revolution: fighting crime with compassion

There is a quiet revolution going on in the criminal justice system. In courtrooms and in prisons, the latest crime-fighting weapon is empathy. Sydney-born Roman Krznaric has conducted empathy training for some of Britain’s top judges as well as the violent offenders they sentence.

He believes that developing the ability to put ourselves in another’s shoes is the key to a fairer, more productive and harmonious society.

Visiting Melbourne from Britain to host The School of Life’s Empathy in Australia panel discussion this Wednesday, Krznaric told Fairfax Media that fostering more empathy in the legal system can have a transformative effect