Book Talk: Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair
A Conversation with Author Danielle Sered
Executive Director, Common Justice
About the Book
In Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair (The New Press, March 5, 2019), award-winning advocate Danielle Sered—executive director of Common Justice—unpacks the ineffective tool of incarceration as a response to violence. Sered, the executive director of Common Justice, the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim services program in the U.S. to address violent felonies, brings her years of experience to bear on the power of survivor-focused, restorative justice alternatives. Today, more than a million people in the U.S. are serving time for a violent crime. But research shows that isolating people who commit violence behind bars leaves many survivors with a lack of closure, unresolved trauma, and fear.
Prisons perpetuate the cycle of harm by engendering more violence and racial inequality, and leaving people with few tools or incentives to change. The past year has brought substantial bipartisan support for criminal justice reforms, but they have been almost all been limited to non-violent crimes. Until We Reckon is a passionate call for a holistic, humane response to crime and to change the way we seek justice.
Copies of Until We Reckon will be available for purchase.
Sponsored by the Center for Criminal Justice.
Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School
About the Author
DANIELLE SERED is founder and director of Common Justice. She was previously deputy director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island. Sered has received the 67th Precinct Council Award for Service and the Brown Memorial Baptist Church Extraordinary Woman Award. Under her leadership, Common Justice received the Award for Innovation in Victim Services from Attorney General Holder and the federal Office for Victims of Crime in 2012. A Stoneleigh fellow, Danielle received her BA from Emory University and her masters degrees from New York University and Oxford University (UK), where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
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