Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, we operate the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim service program in the United States that focuses on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.

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Accounting for Violence

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

In the United States, violence and mass incarceration are deeply entwined, though evidence shows that both can decrease at the same time. A new vision is needed to meaningfully address violence and reduce the use of incarceration—and to promote healing among crime survivors and improve public safety. This report describes four principles to guide p...

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  • Danielle Sered
February 15, 2017
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Expanding the Reach of Victim Services

Maximizing the Potential of VOCA Funding for Underserved Survivors

In 2015, the federal budget for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds increased by $1.6 million—from $745 million to $2.361 billion. These funds represent the single largest source of funding for victim services in the United States. In this report, we outline a way forward to make the best possible use of these new funds, with the particular goal of f...

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  • Danielle Sered, Bridgette Butler
August 08, 2016
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Beyond Innocence

Toward a Framework for Serving All Survivors of Crime

Our media, our culture, and even some of our statutes continually reinforce the idea that in order to be deserving of care, a victim of crime has to be “innocent.” However, this idea excludes a wide range of people from services and limits the options and resources available to those who survive serious harm. In this series from Vera’s Current Thin...

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  • Kate D'Adamo, Amy Judy, Kenton Kirby, Catherine Shugrue dos Santos, Chanel Lopez, Shameeka Mattis, Rommell Washington, Liz Roberts
October 09, 2015
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Young Men of Color and the Other Side of Harm

Addressing Disparities in Our Responses to Violence

Despite growing recognition of the disproportionate rates of young men of color caught up in the criminal justice system, little recognition is given to the fact that young men of color are also more likely to be the victims of crime and violence. This issue brief details the lack of support available to young men of color who experience trauma, as...

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  • Danielle Sered
December 16, 2014
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