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Until We Reckon


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Danielle Sered leads the award-winning organization Common Justice, which develops and advances solutions to violence that meet the needs of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. She is a 2020 Ashoka Fellow and is based in Brooklyn, New York.


Praise for Until We Reckon:
"[Sered's] ideas, and her practical experience with the Brooklyn-based group Common Justice, struck me as both totally sensible and totally revolutionary."
-Tom Jackman, The Washington Post

"A top-notch entry into the burgeoning incarceration debate."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The work [Sered is doing] is truly impressive and innovative. . . . [It] encompasses two seemingly contradictory threads-one is diverting violent criminals from the prison system, and the other is helping victims heal. I found it completely, radically original and generally fascinating. . . . Truly remarkable work."
-Scott Stossel, The Atlantic

"Recently, a loose network of gun-crime victims, as well as men and women who've survived sexual assault, violent robberies, and other violations of the social contract . . . have emerged with an alternative policy vision. Among its many champions is Danielle Sered [who leads] pioneering efforts to provide community-based support to young men of color who've been harmed by violence . . . and those responsible for crimes."
-Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker

"Sered makes a persuasive case for the potential of restorative justice to truly restore what has been taken from the victim and the community when a crime occurs."
-Michelle Kuo, The New York Review of Books

"Danielle Sered provocatively offers and backs up a vision that actually promotes real healing for crime survivors and improves community safety. A must-read for anyone who truly wants to dismantle mass incarceration."
-Nick Turner, president, Vera Institute of Justice

"A pioneer in restorative justice."

"Sered issue[s] a clarion call to take [violent crime] seriously and handle it with nuance. Sered reminds us that, if we're serious about reducing mass incarceration, we need to grapple seriously, and safely, with people who have committed violent offenses and the survivors of their crimes."

"A must-read."
-New York Law Journal

"A pivotal text in the restorative-justice field."
-Harvard Magazine

"Sered's wisdom and sharp insights are the guiding lights needed to illuminate a process of restorative justice for those grappling with dismantling the prison industrial complex."
-Shaka Senghor, National Book Foundation Literature for Justice committee

"If we don't begin to talk about people who harm people and how we treat them, we will just be spinning our wheels in our efforts to end mass incarceration."
-Norris Henderson, VOTE

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