Out now from The New Press, Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration articulates a new approach to justice reform that emphasizes the value of community engagement and human dignity.
Written by Greg Berman and Julian Adler of the Center for Court Innovation, the book highlights programs that have succeeded in reducing neighborhood crime, enhancing public trust in justice, and changing the life trajectories of those caught up in the criminal justice system.
"Our vision of criminal justice reform is based on equal parts pragmatism and idealism," the authors write. "We believe that, wherever feasible, criminal justice policy should be guided by the better angels of our nature."
For more on Start Here:
The Justice System Case for Radical Incrementalism (Gotham Gazette)
Book Maps Out New Path for Criminal Justice Reform (WNYC)
Directors of Center for Court Innovation Release Road Map for Reducing Mass Incarceration (Brooklyn Eagle)
How New York City Reduced Crime and Incarceration (City & State New York)
Podcast interview (New Books Network)
How Accountability Courts Curbed Georgia's Prison Growth (Crime Report)
"A clearly written, optimistic road map for moving beyond mass incarceration" (Kirkus)
"The authors convincingly argue for urgent, decisive attention to reforms across the U.S." (Booklist)
Reducing Incarceration Now: A Conversation About 'Start Here' (The New Thinking Podcast)