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.
The Vera Institute of Justice teamed up with Chicago Ideas to reenvision the American prison system, and imagine a society in which prisons serve as rehabilitation facilities for communities and citizens, rather than as crippling institutions. The conversation combined performance, first-person testimony, and compelling dialogue that all looked into not only how the American prison system can cause “civil death,” but also what everyday citizens can do to help reshape the way in which incarceration affects the country.
There is a group of people who need us to end mass incarceration more than almost any other: crime survivors.
Danielle Sered, Director of Common Justice, Vera Institute of Justice With Scott Stossel, The Atlantic With thanks to our underwriters: Open Society Foundation (Founding) The Joyce Foundation (Presenting) Ford Foundation (Supporting) The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Contributing) The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation (Contributing)
Save Our Streets Crown Heights and Vera Institute of Justice discuss how young men of color are often seen as perpetrators of violence, but not often victims.