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February 16, 2017

"Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new report from the Vera Institute of Justice authored by Danielle Sered. Here is an overview of the report from Vera:

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.

This two-page fact sheet sets out the "four principles" referenced above:

Principle 1: Responses to violence should be survivor-centered.

Principle 2: Responses to violence should be based on accountability.

Principle 3: Responses to violence should be safety‑driven.

Principle 4: Responses to violence should be racially equitable.

February 16, 2017 at 03:48 PM | Permalink


Still no talk about preventing verses reaction to the crime.

Posted by: Anne | Feb 16, 2017 6:37:48 PM

💀"Night & Fog"💀 (☠️Nacht & Nebel☠️)


Posted by: Docile the Kind Soul® (OH) | Feb 16, 2017 10:49:36 PM

Frankly, "Docile", with your admiring references to the worst abuses of the totalitarian nazi and soviet regimes, you're the creepiest commenter here-- and that's saying a lot!

Posted by: Boffin | Feb 16, 2017 11:19:21 PM


Posted by: David Behar | Feb 17, 2017 12:26:16 AM

Just heard Trump at the news conference say he was going to "stop" crime. So, no worries, right?

Posted by: Paul | Feb 17, 2017 8:23:36 AM

We know reports of low crime rates are false. That is definitely true in New York, as well as in Los Angeles, now.


Posted by: David Behar | Feb 17, 2017 1:38:36 PM

Doug, the racial equity thing looks anodyne, but the stuff underneath seems to say that we need to grade on a racial curve . . . . that cannot be right, and I am curious your thoughts on that.

Posted by: federalist | Feb 17, 2017 2:29:24 PM

I only read the report quickly, federalist, but I did not see any assertion or recommendation that we "grade on a racial curve." What are you referencing?

Posted by: Doug B. | Feb 17, 2017 3:54:29 PM

Really? Doug, the report blames inequity for violence--which ineluctably leads to the idea that those subject to the inequity shouldn't be equally punished.

Posted by: federalist | Feb 17, 2017 5:43:23 PM

It is outrageous that $25 million of the $35 million Vera Institute budget of this extremist, pro-criminal, lying propaganda outlet comes from government.

This funding must be immediately cut off.

Posted by: David Behar | Feb 18, 2017 12:46:42 AM

Really, federalist? I think one can readily assert that inequities produce societal frustrations which leads to violence without also asserting that the resulting violence ought to be excused or even subject to diminished punishment -- e.g., I do not read the report as asserting that, say, a person of mexican hertitage should get a reduced punishment if, frustrated by Trump talk, he beats uo his local white grocer. Is that what you think the report is arguing for?

Moreover, do you dispute the premise that some inequities produce some violence and thus that one of many ways to try to reduce violence is to try to reduce inequities?

Posted by: Doug B. | Feb 18, 2017 12:21:25 PM

Doug, the same crowd who produced this report is the same crowd that believes in race-norming discipline at public schools. And yeah, I do believe that's what they are calling for.

Posted by: federalist | Feb 18, 2017 2:14:18 PM

What inequities? People with pitch black skins, recently arrived from Africa, are the new Koreans, topping their high school classes, and outperforming white people in the 2010 Census. If racial discrimination existed, they should be at the bottom, not at the top of desirability for employers.

The conduct in the ghetto is by people with DNA from the British Isles, and not from Africa. The 5 fold higher rates of black victimization by pseudo-black people implies, there is under incarceration. The black crime victim gets less police protection and less punishment of his black offender. This stems from their smaller assets, and lower amounts of political influence.

One reason for this lack of political power is their votes are nearly 100% in the pockets of the pro-criminal, big government, rent seeking Democratic Party. That is the same party with a terrorist, enforcement branch, the Klan. That was 100 years ago. Today, it is the party of the feminist lawyer that destroyed the black family, with its 70%+ bastardy rate.

Black African immigrants have traditional family values, and high levels of religiosity. It will be a spectacle to see the feminist lawyer attack that group to reduce them to the state of the pseudo-black people in the high crime rate ghetto.

Posted by: David Behar | Feb 18, 2017 2:29:59 PM

Interesting point, Behar. If there's a genetic problem, maybe it's not that these are the descendants of slaves - but that they're the descendants of slavers.

Posted by: Boffin | Feb 18, 2017 7:25:49 PM

federalist: the hate-filled attack of the mentally disabled boy in Chicago was an ugly form of violence that seemed to grow out of perceived frustration with inequities and with Trump's election. Have your heard anyone seriously arguing for lesser punishment for the attackers?

Moreover, federal, you avoided responding to the central question and concern that motivates the VERA report. So I will ask it again: do you dispute the premise that some inequities produce some violence and thus that one of many ways to try to reduce violence is to try to reduce inequities?

Posted by: Doug B. | Feb 19, 2017 1:43:55 PM

All inequities are in the form of affirmative action and preferences for undeserving minorities. All inequities in crime are from the undervaluing of the dark skinned crime victim. The latter does not get enough police protection, and his offender is less punished.

To reduce inequity, end all preferences. End the coddling of criminals offending against black crime victims.

It took the Klan 100 years to lynch 5000 black males. The lawyer profession has it arranged so that an excess of 5000 murders of black males takes place each year. The lawyer profession has been 100 times more lethal to the black male than the Klan.

Black males represent 6.3% of the population. There should have been 1000 murders of black males or 6.3% of 16,000 murders in 2015. There were 5500 murders of black males, in 2015. The solution rate is 30%,in Chicago, instead of 60%.

The Supreme Court has falsely but repeatedly ruled that the police has no duty to individuals, this despite the fact that the individual pays the police to protect him. That racial disparity implies the police and the prosecutor have in their duty to protect the aggregate of black males. A class action lawsuit against the police and against the lawyer profession should be filed by the stupid lawyers seeking reparations for offenses that took 150 years. They are missing a crime against humanity taking place today, downstairs from their fancy offices.

Posted by: David Behar | Feb 19, 2017 3:51:37 PM

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