Danielle Sered founded and directs Common Justice. Danielle has received the 67th Precinct Council Award for Service, given in recognition for leadership in reducing violence in Brooklyn, and the Brown Memorial Baptist Church Extraordinary Woman Award. Under her 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. A Stoneleigh fellow, Danielle received her BA from Emory University and her masters degrees from New York University and Oxford University (UK), where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair, Presented by Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Although over half the people incarcerated in America today have committed violent offenses, the focus of reformers has been almost entirely on nonviolent and drug offenses. Danielle Sered’s brilliant and groundbreaking Until We Reckon steers directly and unapologetically into the question of violence, offering approaches that will help end mass incarceration and increase safety. Widely recognized as one of the leading proponents of a restorative approach to violent crime, Sered asks us to reconsider the purposes of incarceration and argues persuasively that the needs of survivors of violent crime are better met by asking people who commit violence to accept responsibility for their actions and make amends in ways that are meaningful to those they have hurt—none of which happens in the context of a criminal trial or a prison sentence. Sered launched and directs Common Justice, one of the few organizations offering alternatives to incarceration for people who commit serious violent crime and which has produced immensely promising results. Critically, Sered argues that the reckoning owed is not only on the part of those who have committed violence, but also by our nation’s overreliance on incarceration to produce safety—at great cost to communities, survivors, racial equity, and the very fabric of our democracy.
Xochitl Bervera is a queer Chicana/Latina organizer, lawyer, movement builder, and teacher/trainer. She is the Director of the Racial Justice Action Center, a vibrant, multiracial organizing and training institute working to build the grassroots leadership and power of communities of color, and low income communities in order to fight for — and win — political and social transformation in Georgia and the South. She has over 15 years of experience in grassroots organizing, media, and policy advocacy, and training and technical assistance, mostly focused on ending criminalization in Black and Latino communities. She was recognized as a Soros Justice Fellow, focusing on southern strategies for criminal justice reform that linked community organizing and the law. Xochitl is passionate about uniting communities of color to resist mass incarceration and deportations and envision a future where families and communities are supported and able to thrive. She is a graduate of NYU School of Law, and served previously as a juvenile defender in the Bronx. Xochitl is also studying to be a Somatics teacher, learning to develop the leadership capacities of individuals and groups and building an understanding of transformation from the inside out.
Until we Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair
In Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair (The New Press, March 5, 2019), award-winning advocate Danielle Sered—the executive director of Common Justice, a pioneering restorative justice program for people who commit and survive violence—takes our nation’s problem with violent crime head on. Sered unpacks the ineffective tool of incarceration as a response to violence and brings her years of experience to bear on the power of survivor-focused alternatives.