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Digital Media Strategist

Common Justice seeks an experienced Design and Digital Media professional with a passion for social justice who is eager to strengthen the digital profile of Common Justice, which develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.  Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts.  Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted.  A key focus of this position will be HealingWorks, the first national learning collaborative for individuals and organizations working with young men of color who have been harmed by violence and trauma. This project address the compelling needs of young survivors of color by delivering tools, information, and support to the people and organizations that serve them.

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Building A Narrative to Address Violence in the U.S.

This memo holds guidance for engaging strategic audiences in conversations about how to address violence and those who have been accused of or convicted of violence in the U.S. The recommendations here emerge from a thought partnership between the Opportunity Agenda, which has extensive expertise in communications and messaging, and Common Justice, which has a decade of experience working on and talking about violence and repair. To download the full memo, click here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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  • 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.

    June 30, 2017
  • 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.

    April 12, 2017
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Publications

  • Building A Narrative to Address Violence in the U.S.

    This memo holds guidance for engaging strategic audiences in conversations about how to address violence and those who have been accused of or convicted of violence in the U.S. The recommendations here emerge from a thought partnership between the Opportunity Agenda, which has extensive expertise in communications and messaging, and Common Justice, which has a decade of experience working on and talking about violence and repair. To download the full memo, click here.

    February 26, 2018
  • 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.

    October 31, 2017
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Videos

  • 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.

    September 28, 2017
  • It Doesn't Have to Be This Way

    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.

    March 02, 2017
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  • 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.

    August 09, 2017
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