To Reduce Prison Population, We Must Confront Violence in Radically New Ways

By Amy Goodman & Neerman Shaikh, Democracy Now! | March 14, 2019

Stoneleigh Fellow Danielle Sered spoke to Amy Goodman & Nermeen Shaikh of Democracy Now! about restorative justice, mass incarceration, and her new book, Until We Reckon.

A staggering 2.2 million people are locked up in America’s sprawling prison system, and more than half of those currently confined in state prisons have been convicted of violent crime. In order to radically reduce the prison population and transform criminal justice in this country, author and community organizer Danielle Sered argues that reformers must reckon with violent crime and come up with radically new ways to address it. She lays out a path for this transformation in her new unflinching book, Until We Reckon. Sered has spent nearly a decade working directly with people that have committed violent acts and survivors of violence as the executive director of Common Justice, a Brooklyn-based organization that offers alternatives to incarceration for people charged with violent felonies. Her experience anchors her book as she calls for a complete overhaul of the way we’ve been taught to think about crime, punishment and justice. We speak with Sered about restorative justice and how incarceration perpetuates the very violence it is meant to curb.

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