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

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.

The Politics Of Healing: Closing The Gap In Services For Young Men Of Color Harmed By Violence

Huffington Post

Eighteen-year-old Jamel was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt while walking down a main street in Harlem after he refused to give up his $800.00 leather coat to three armed gunmen. He had worked hard and saved for months to buy the coat, and he’d be called a punk if he went home without it, leading to further trouble. He rushed the gunman. One of them shot him in the leg, but he managed to get away as the men opened fire.

New Website Aims To Increase Victim Services For Young Men Of Color

Press Release

New York, NY—The Vera Institute of Justice today announced a first-in-kind learning collaborative for people and organizations working with young men of color who have been harmed by trauma and violence.

Black Wounds Matter

The New Yorker

I grew up around the corner from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., which housed the small but remarkable National Museum of Health and Medicine. The musty place hosted a steady rotation of surreal exhibits—conjoined twins in a jar, artifacts of early campaigns to stop sexually transmitted diseases—but the focus was the history of battlefield medicine, which meant, most of all, wartime efforts to treat gunshot casualties.

NYC Dance Performance Targets Social Injustice

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An emotionally charged series in New York City is exploring racial and social injustice through dance, photography and public dialogue.

Op-Ed: Crime Victims Are Not Who You Think

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

I recently asked a friend to tell me the first thing that came to mind when he thought of the word victim. My friend is in higher education and works on diversity issues day in and day out. He was surprised and horrified, albeit rightfully so, when he looked at me and said with trepidation, “a white woman."