A new report by the Brooklyn-based advocacy group Common Justice urges “a new vision” to address the “inextricably connected” issues of violence and mass incarceration in the U.S. The report, “Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration,” says research shows that rates of violence and incarceration can decline in tandem–as they have in New York over the past 20 years, for example.
The author, Danielle Sered, executive director of Common Justice, proposes four principles to “guide policies and practices that aim to reduce violence: They should be survivor-centered, based on accountability, safety-driven, and racially equitable.” Sered concludes, “It is time to put those values more powerfully and visibly into practice than ever before. That means answering to crime survivors. It means taking accountability seriously. It means being relentless in prioritizing safety over politics. And it means insisting that every advance we make also advances racial equity.”