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 Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration


Date: 10/12/2017
Time: 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Contact: Rickard,Jenny

Location: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Annenberg Auditorium (room 1120 Weill Hall)

Description: Presentation by Danielle Sered, director of Common Justice at the Vera Institute for Justice.

Over 50% of people in state prisons have been convicted of violent crimes, and in recent decades the rate at which people are being incarcerated for violent crimes has been increasing even as actual crime rates have been falling. Clearly any robust solution to the problem of mass incarceration in the United States must include a better way to handle violent offenses.
Danielle Sered will speak about her experience directing Common Justice, a program of the Vera Institute of Justice that develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.

Under Danielle Sered’s 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. Before planning the launch of Common Justice, Danielle served as the deputy director of Vera’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island. Prior to joining Vera, she worked at the Center for Court Innovation's Harlem Community Justice Center, where she led its programs for court-involved and recently incarcerated youth. Danielle teaches about restorative justice at CUNY and was a Rhodes Scholar.

Organized by Friends of Restorative Justice of Washtenaw County, Citizens Alliance for Prisons and Public Spending, American Friends Service Committee Michigan Criminal Justice Program, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.