Sunny Schwartz

author + advocate + change maker


Whether we are 6 degrees of separation or zero degrees of separation, we are all significantly impacted by violence and other crimes. even if you don’t know it. Every day, thousands of criminals are released from prison only to one day return, costing taxpayers billions of extra dollars each year and leaving a growing trail of victims in their wake. Sunny Schwartz has spent her life in the trenches of this system, working tirelessly with law enforcement, prisoners, and survivors alike to mend what has been broken for far too long. Whether you’re a venture capitalist or an auto mechanic, an activist or a suburban housewife, a Republican or a Democrat, you have a stake in what happens inside this chaotic and problematic world.



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Restorative justice offers more inclusive processes and reorients the goals of justice.

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“Schwartz's book is revealing about the criminal mind and its thought processes, and thus contains valuable lessons for those at risk of incarceration, and for those close to them.”

The New York Review of Books


Who is Sunny?

Sunny Schwartz has spent her career navigating all levels of the system and pioneering new policy initiatives for prisoner’s programs, as well as alternatives to incarceration. Sunny directs the design and operation of prisoner programs in six county jails…


“I didn't expect to like this book. I found the book to be thought provoking, assumption challenging and inspirational in the extreme.”

— Cynthia Rhodes (Louisville, CO)


The Monster Factory

What do you get when you put cops and convicted robbers in the same room? Former wife beaters and victims of domestic violence? Republicans and Democrats? Baptist ministers and atheists? Death penalty advocates and opponents?