Ina M. Kelleher
Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violent crime that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, it operates the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim service program in the United States that focuses on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, Common Justice leverages the lessons from its direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. The Leading Edge Fellow will join Common Justice’s United for Healing Equity (UHE) team as a Research Analyst to develop a report that dives deeply into the ways that New York’s victim compensation reporting law harms marginalized communities by preventing individuals from these communities from receiving victim compensation funds when they need it most – in order to heal. The fellow will do this through the use of new data, personal narratives and historical research. The fellow’s work will help Common Justice advance its campaign to reform this law, which disproportionately harms Black people and other people of color.