Accounting for Violence by Danielle Sered

Accounting for Violence by Danielle Sered


Accounting for Violence

How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration

Presentation by Danielle Sered

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 4–5:30 p.m.

Gerald Ford School of Public Policy

Annenberg Auditorium, Room 1120 Weill Hall

735 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Reception to follow

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. It is the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim-service program in the United States that focuses on violent felonies in adult courts. The evidence shows that both violence and mass incarceration can be reduced at the same time.

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.


American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan

Church in Society of The Good Shepherd UUC

The Dispute Resolution Center

Episcopal Church of the Incarnation

Groundcover News

Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network

Shalom Community Church

St. Mary Catholic Church Chelsea

Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor

Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology

University of Michigan:

Department of African American Studies

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Student Affairs Committee

Law School

Medical School Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

Residential College

School of Social Work