Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration


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New Press
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5.3 X 1.0 X 7.6 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Julian Adler is the director of policy and research at the Center for Court Innovation. He was previously the director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the lead planner of Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. He was also part of a small planning team that launched Newark Community Solutions.


Praise for Start Here
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Recommended by The New York Times' Sam Roberts

Shortlisted for the 2018 Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

"Start Here is an urgent and timely primer on the approaches that are working and don't require federal approval or political revolution to end one of the most pressing justice issues the country faces today."
--Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"By highlighting judicial and programmatic approaches in clear, engaging chapters, the authors convincingly argue for urgent, decisive attention to reforms across the U.S."

"A clearly written, optimistic road map for moving beyond mass incarceration. . . [Berman and Adler's] case studies are well-researched and derived from activism and scholarship as well as the rehabilitative experiences of offenders, but their perspective remains realistic. . . . A brisk, thoughtful guide to mass incarceration alternatives."
--Kirkus Reviews

"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, Vera Institute of Justice

"The end of mass incarceration can't come soon enough. This well-written book may help get us there--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, senior research scientist, Columbia University, and former commissioner of probation for the City of New York

"An accessible, concise, and cogent map for criminal justice transformation."
--Tracy Meares, professor, Yale Law School

"What shines about this book is the humanity of the task ahead. Start Here will leave readers inspired with hope and imbued with confidence for the reform agenda confronting us."
--Todd Clear, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

"A road map on how to improve criminal justice systems and engage in urgently needed reforms around the country."
--Melissa Mark-Viverito, former speaker, New York City Council

"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. The ideas in this book have the power to change--and even transform--long-entrenched practices and institutions. If you want to learn how to create a better justice system, start here!"
--Judge Jonathan Lippman, former chief judge of New York