Irish Penal Reform Trust

USA: Common Justice – Solutions to Violence

6th September 2021

Solutions to Violence: Creating Safety Without Prisons or Police by Common Justice profiles 18 groups in the USA that focus on healing and safety but do not rely on the police or incarceration. The report interviews restorative justice practitioners, community advocates, and other local leaders who are doing the day-to-day work needed to build healthier communities, help people heal, and hold those who cause harm responsible for their actions.

Examples of the projects in the report include: an Indigenous-based restorative approach to conflict and harm, which aids in community building and conflict resolution; a response to violence that involves fostering community and hospital collaborations and advocating for systemic change; a project to interrupt gun violence by creating transformational opportunities for young men of colour; and a restorative practice catering to young men with criminal backgrounds, their mothers, and children who have experienced the traumas commonly associated with violence.

The interviews provide insight into progressive practices for intervening in violence as it occurs, building viable models for accountability, and centring survivors’ needs.
 

Read Solutions to Violence: Creating Safety Without Prisons or Police by Common Justice here.

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