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Help Crime Victims By Committing to Restorative Justice

Friday 13th of April 2018 | North America, United States
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From the federal level to state legislatures across the country, criminal justice reform measures are a hot topic of conversation and proposed legislation. What is often lost in those conversations are the views and voices of victims.

As an organization that fights to end the prosecution, sentencing and incarceration of children in the adult system, we are all too aware that children are often victims of crime and exposed to trauma before they ever get arrested. One young man who was 15 when he began an eight-year sentence in an adult prison for a carjacking said, “It never occurred to me to carry a gun, or use it against someone until someone stuck a gun in my face.”

We know that children who come in contact with the justice system have higher rates of exposure to trauma and violence than children who aren’t in contact with the system. We also know that some victims experience trauma not only after a crime has been committed, but also after their experience with the justice system.

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