Please join the Women’s Community Justice Association and Common Justice for a discussion entitled Accountability without Prison: Why We Should Close the Rose M. Singer Center on June 8th, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 7:00PM. Since bail reform was enacted last year in New York State, the majority of women and gender expansive people detained pretrial are for violent felonies. In this discussion, Sharon White-Harrigan, Executive Director of the Women’s Community Justice Association and Danielle Sered, Executive Director of Common Justice will discuss what constitutes a violent felony, why they occur, the violent vs. non-violent binary, and the importance of utilizing alternatives to incarceration and detention.
Reverend Sharon White-Harrigan: Sharon White-Harrigan is the Executive Director of The Women’s Community Justice Association (WCJA), a gender-specific, trauma-informed, advocacy for justice agency that uplifts and amplifies the voices of all women who are experts through their life experiences and efforts.
Danielle Sered: Danielle Sered envisioned and directs Common Justice, which develops and advances practical and groundbreaking solutions to violence that advance racial equity, meet the needs of those harmed, and do not rely on incarceration. She is the author of The Other Side of Harm: Addressing Disparities in our Responses to Violence, of Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration, and the book Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair.
Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin is the Chief of Housing Community Activities at NYCHA.