What can be done right now to reduce the number of people sent to jail and prison?
Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration from The New Press offers a concrete road map for anyone who wants to move from analysis to action. Written by Greg Berman and Julian Adler from the Center for Court Innovation, this forward-looking book highlights key lessons from successful programs across the country: engaging the public in preventing crime, treating all defendants with dignity and respect, and linking people to effective community-based interventions rather than locking them up. Along the way, the authors tell a series of gripping stories, highlighting gang members who have gotten their lives back on track, judges who are transforming their courtrooms, and reformers around the country who are rethinking what justice looks like.
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A clearly written, optimistic road map for moving beyond mass incarceration.
By highlighting judicial and programmatic approaches in clear, engaging chapters, the authors convincingly argue for urgent, decisive attention to reforms across the U.S.
Start Here details the problem of mass incarceration and offers a road map on how to improve criminal justice systems and engage in urgently-needed reforms around the country.
— Melissa Mark-Viverito, former speaker of the New York City Council
A practical guide for how we might begin to forge a new approach to criminal justice that is both more humane and more effective.
— Vincent Schiraldi, Columbia Justice Lab at Columbia University
Start Here will leave readers inspired with hope and imbued with confidence for the reform agenda confronting us.
— Todd Clear, Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice
An accessible, concise, and cogent map for criminal justice transformation.
— Tracey Meares, Yale Law School
A must-read for anyone who is ready to stop talking and start doing something about the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States.
— Jonathan Lippman, former chief judge of New York State
Start Here is that rare book that cuts through the rhetorical fog about the broken criminal justice system in the United States to illuminate a realistic path forward. It is bold. It is also grounded in reality. Books like Start Here don’t come around nearly enough. Read it, perhaps read it a second time, and then roll up your sleeves and get to work.
— Herb Sturz, founding director of the Vera Institute of Justice