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Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair

One of Mashable's “17 books every activist should read in 2019”

In the eloquent tradition of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, an award-winning leader in the movement to end mass incarceration takes on the vexing problem of violent crime.


Common Justice’s Executive Director Danielle Sered featured on the podcast Decarceration Nation

Common Justice’s Executive Director Danielle Sered was featured on the podcast Decarceration Nation to talk about her new book, Until We Reckon. In the interview, Danielle discusses how our country should be radically re-imagining our broken criminal justice system and the critical role restorative justice will play in moving towards decarceration.


Michelle Alexander
and Reckoning With Violence

In the New York Times, Scholar, Activist and Professor Michelle Alexander writes about the importance of having honest conversation about facing violent crime, providing survivors support they truly need, and praises Danielle Sered's book, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair.


Until We Reckon Press

Common Justice’s Executive Director, Danielle Sered, was recently featured on both Democracy Now and the Brian Lehrer Show discussing her new book, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair.


Common Justice featured on AFROPUNK Solution Sessions

In this episode of the AFROPUNK Solution Sessions, the podcast focuses on understanding the prison system and its disproportionate effect on black and brown people, ultimately continuing the legacy of slavery. 


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. 


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.


How To Curb Violence, And Mass Incarceration, By Focusing On Crime Victims

The Washington Post

Over the past thirty years, the United States has grown our use of incarceration to a level that is globally unique and historically unprecedented.  Only recently, we have come to reckon with the limitations of this strategy as a tool to deliver safety.  We have begun to understand its devastating impacts on individuals, families, and communities, and the human and financial cost borne by us all.  But we have largely missed the constituency who, I believe, have paid the greatest price for the failures of mass incarceration: crime survivors.


In Bid To Build Trust, New York City Adds Victims' Allies In All Precincts

The New York Times

Surviving a shooting or stabbing in a poor New York City neighborhood is often a prelude to a long battle for help.


New Federal Funding Will Increase Victim Services To Young Men Of Color

Press Release

New York, NY—Common Justice, a Vera Institute of Justice demonstration project, today announced that three Los Angeles-based groups—the Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches (LAM), Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (L.A.U.R.A.), and The Reverence Project—were awarded new federal victim services funding to increase their capacity to reach underserved African American and Latino survivors of crime. The application for funding was submitted with the support of a collaborative effort by Common Justice, Equal Justice USA (EJUSA), and Californians for Safety and Justice, who have partnered to direct newly increased federal victim services funding to groups working with underserved victims.