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Outreach Manager, Bronx office

Common Justice seeks a well-organized, culturally attuned and anti-racist professional with excellent people skills and a commitment to helping people recover and heal to join the team for this innovative organization. The Outreach Manager will be responsible for identifying potential cases, serving as a liaison to the courts, providing short-term support to victims of crime, conducting intake with both victims and defendants, working with partners in the district attorney’s office, defense bar, and community to manage referrals, and contributing to program development.


Fostering Accountability Among Young Adults: Restorative Justice as a Developmentally Targeted Intervention

Common Justice 

Young adults are capable of causing both relatively trivial and very serious harm. They are also, as we continue to learn, uncommonly capable of change. Our challenge, then, is to identify strategies that increase the likelihood of positive transformation. Much of the recent research on adolescent development, particularly from developmental psychology and brain science, has led to calls for mercy for young adults who cause harm.


Communications Internship

Digital Communications

Are you passionate about how social media can advance social change? Are you interested in shaping national conversations with game-changing ideas and innovative research presented through compelling visuals? If so, we encourage you to apply for our 2017 Internship!


Young Men of Color and the Other Side of Harm

Vera Institute 

Attention is increasingly being paid to the disparities young men of color face in our society, including their disproportionate involvement in the criminal justice system as those responsible for crime. Little recognition, however, is given to the fact that young men of color are also disproportionately victims of crime and violence.


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

Common Justice

The United States faces two distinct but interconnected challenges: violence and mass incarceration.

 


Fighting For 'Common Justice', For Crime Victims And Their Perpetrators

WNYC

We've been talking about The VERA Institute's  project to re-imagine prison this week.  But to talk about reform for criminals and alternatives to incarceration also means to acknowledge the impact on victims and to consider whether imprisonment is punishment enough, or too much, and if it's the path forward to feeling safer for victims of violent crime.


Beyond Offender and Victim

Common Justice
Toward a Humane, Event-Centered Language for Talking about People Involved in Crime and Violence.

Why Violence Is the Missing Piece of The Criminal Justice Reform Puzzle

Medium.com

This month, New Jersey Senators Cory Booker (NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) introduced the REVERSE MASS INCARCERATION ACT OF 2017, designed to create incentives for states to reduce the number of people in their prisons. Booker has been the Senate’s leading advocate for criminal justice reform, and this bill deserves widespread support.


Offender Meets Victims: A 'Survivor-Centered' Approach To Violent Crime

The Crime Report

Unlike with drugs or other low-level crimes, you never hear the oft-repeated phrase “we can’t incarcerate our way out of the problem” if that problem is violent crime.