Accounting for Violence


In the United States, violence and mass incarceration are deeply entwined, though evidence shows that both can be reduced at the same time. A new vision is needed to meaningfully address violence and decrease the use of incarceration—and to promote healing among crime survivors and improve public safety. Common Justice’s report, Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration, describes four principles to guide policies and practices that aim to reduce violence: They should be survivor-centered, based on accountability, safety-driven, and racially equitable.

Read our Report: Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration

For more on this report, read an interview by Bill Keller, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, with Danielle Sered, executive director of Common Justice and author of the report; also see her commentary published by The Washington Post’s “True Crime” blog.