'Accounting for Violence' presentation set Oct. 12

Danielle Sered will present ‘Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration,” 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy Annenberg Auditorium, Room 1120, Weill Hall, 735 South State St., Ann Arbor. A reception will follow Sered’s presentation.

Sered will speak about her experience directing Common Justice, a program of the Vera Institute of Justice that develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.

The event is organized by Friends of Restorative Justice of Washtenaw County, Citizens Alliance for Prisons and Public Spending, American Friends Service Committee Michigan Criminal Justice Program, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Common Justice received the Award for Innovation in Victim Services from Attorney General Eric Holder and the federal Office for Victims of Crime in 2012. Before planning the launch of Common Justice, Sered served as deputy director of Vera’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island. Prior to joining Vera, she worked at the Center for Court Innovation's Harlem Community Justice Center, where she led its programs for court involved and recently incarcerated youth. Sered teaches about restorative justice at CUNY and was a Rhodes Scholar.