Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Needs, and the Role of Restorative Justice

Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Needs, and the Role of Restorative Justice

Rebecca Weiker, Re:store Justice Program Director In her recent New Yorker article about the unlikely alliance of feminists and conservatives that helped create the victim’s rights movement, Jill Lapore defines victim rights and offender rights as in opposition to each other. Restorative Justice offers an alternative approach, addressing the needs of both victims and offenders in order to create healing, offer reparations, promote accountability, and prevent future harm.…

Expert Opinions: Victims of crime and reformers should work together on criminal justice reform

Expert Opinions: Victims of crime and reformers should work together on criminal justice reform

Every single person impacted by crime deserves a seat at the circle. They are the most qualified in terms of true experience to lead conversations around reform. They know what our communities need and we need to support. "86 percent of victims believe that programs providing rehabilitation and drug and mental health treatment for people already in the justice system should receive more funding." We are here to…

Honoring the 30th anniversary of CDCR's Office of Victims and Survivor Rights and Services: Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims

Honoring the 30th anniversary of CDCR's Office of Victims and Survivor Rights and Services: Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims

It was an honor to stand with the CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights & Services & so many other incredible allies for National Crime Victims Rights Week. As CDCR Undersecretary, Ralph Diaz, said yesterday, "Healing from trauma is what turns victims into survivors." And to do that, we must reach across the aisle & come together as members of one community. Thank you to OVSRS for…