What does it mean to have a truly just society, and how do we achieve justice? Aparna Polavarapu believes that this is possible,however, the first step is to move away from the idea of punishment as a form of justice. In her talk, Aparna urges listeners to rethink what justice really means. Aparna Polavarapu is a law professor at the University of South Carolina as well as the Executive Director and Founder of the South Carolina Restorative Justice Initiative (SCRJI). She has significant scholarly expertise in the field of legal pluralism, with a particular research focus on non-state justice systems and how they work together with formal, state-centered systems. As the Executive Director of SCRJI, she oversees the development of restorative justice education and programming and works with organizations seeking to develop and implement their own restorative practices. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx