Danielle Sered was interviewed by Xochitl Bervera about her book “Until We Reckon” at the 2019 Decatur Book Festival. This was one of three sessions sponsored by Candler School of Theology’s Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership Program. The event took place on September 1, 2019, at Decatur Presbyterian Church.
Danielle Sered is the author of “Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair” (The New Press, 2019) and the founder and director of Common Justice, one of the few organizations offering alternatives to incarceration for people who commit serious violent crimes. With the focus of incarceration reformers mostly on nonviolent and drug offenses, Sered’s groundbreaking book steers into new territory, directly engaging the question of violence and asking us to reconsider the purposes of incarceration. She argues that criminal trials and prison sentences do not meet the needs of survivors of violent crime as well as asking people who commit violence to accept responsibility for their actions and make meaningful amends to those they have hurt.
Xochitl Bervera is the director of the Racial Justice Action Center, a multiracial organizing and training institute working to build the grassroots leadership and power of communities of color and low-income communities.