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Peace & Justice Gurus: Danielle Sered

Social Justice Enforcer

Introduction

       -Danielle Sered-

There are about 2.2 million people locked up in America’s prison system and half are currently confined in state prisons due to the conviction of violent crimes. To reduce the prison population, author and community organizer Danielle Sered debates reformers must address the history of violence before lowering recidivism and imprisonment in the United States. Danielle Sered launched a program named common justice. Common Justice is a branch of restorative justice which mainly rooted in Brooklyn and mainly focuses on young adults that engage in criminal activity. This program allows victims, the perpetrator, and the community to come together to make amends by preventing the responsible party from committing more crime, improving mental health for victims, providing adequate services for both the victims and perpetrators, and increasing safety in the aftermath of harm. Overall the main goal of common justice is to develop practical solutions to the oppression and violence caused by racial equity, meets the needs of the harmed, and bringing healing and justice without relying on incarceration.

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Description:

  • To reduce the prison population, author and community organizer Danielle Sered debates reformers must address the history of violence before lowering recidivism and imprisonment in the United States. Sered talks about a new path towards transformative justice in her book “until we reckon”. Sered has spent decades working directly with offenders and survivors of violence as the executive director of common justice, a Brooklyn-based organization that offers different alternatives to incarceration for people charged with violent felonies.

Book

Article

Restorative Justice= Common Justice

Video

Description:

  • In the program “Common Justice” Directed by Danielle Sered, there are four core principles that would make our communities safer. These main principles focus are survivor-centered, accountability-based, safety-driven, and racially equitable. By practicing these main principles, it can potentially make societies safer, and fewer people will be victimized by our current penal system.

Restorative justice= Solutions