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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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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.