Marlee identified as the receiver of harm from sexual violence. She chose restorative justice after finding the criminal legal system wanting. The criminal legal system asks what law has been broken, who broke it and what is the punishment. RJ asks what harm was done, who was harmed and how do we repair it. Let’s find out how Marlee thinks about healing, forgiveness, trauma, shame, stigma, and wellness.
What I didn't know about RJ two years ago is that it is victim-centered.
- Dr. Danielle Cooper, University of New Haven
I wanted to humanize myself to my assailant. I wanted to humanize my assailant to me.
The same way survivors need healing, perpetrators need accountability [and incarceration is not accountability]. (Paraphrased from Danielle Sered's Until We Reckon)
My life is way too precious to think of myself as damaged.
- Marlee Liss
Restorative justice is a rigorous process.
Crime Survivors Speak
This is the first-ever national survey of victims views on crime and safety. Attached, is a two page executive summary and key findings.
Two of the most interesting outcomes of the study were: (1) By a 2 to 1 margin, victims prefer that the criminal justice system focus more on rehabilitating people who commit crimes than punishing them. (2) Crime victims want to invest in youth crime prevention over prisons by a 7 to 1 margin.
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