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Restorative Justice for Violent Crime


Danielle Sered, restorative justice advocate, founder of the Brooklyn-based Common Justice and the author ofUntil We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair (The New Press, 2019), argues that the restorative justice process offers a better solution to violent crime than mass incarceration.

"More than half of people locked up in the United States are locked up for crimes of violence, so we will not see transformative reductions… if we don’t take on violence. We know mass incarceration not only fails to reduce violence, it produces it," says @daniellesered.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 14, 2019

"Central to the racial inequities in the criminal justice system are inequities in how we treat crime survivors. A young man of color is 10.5 times more likely than I am as a white woman to be a victim of robbery or assault," says @daniellesered.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 14, 2019

"We deserve a response to violence that is going to reduce violence in the future," says @daniellesered. "We have to stop pretending that incarceration is adequate or that it actually heals anyone at all."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 14, 2019


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