Accounting for Violence

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 policies and practices that aim to reduce violence: They should be survivor-centered, based on accountability, safety-driven, and racially equitable.

For more on this report, read a interview with author Danielle Sered and Bill Keller, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, and a related commentary in the Washington Post’s True Crime blog.

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