Sunday, April 18, 2010

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime

Kudos to Susan Herman and the NCVC for addressing crime victims in this new book and initiative

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime a new book by Susan Herman, former executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, envisions a parallel, dual-path to justice--requiring society to help repair the harm done to victims while holding offenders accountable for their crimes. This approach would revolutionize our justice system by establishing and funding an official set of responses to victims of crime.

"We are so proud to publish Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime," said Jeff Dion, acting executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. "Susan convincingly sets forth a vision of justice that reflects our best hopes for victims and our nation's highest ideals."

"We spend billions of dollars every year on a system that deals with criminals. It's time to invest in helping victims of crime rebuild their lives."The Parallel Justice Project was established originally by the National Center for Victims of Crime to advance a new vision of justice for victims of crime. The concept of parallel justice informs all of the National Center's work in helping victims rebuild their lives.

Parallel Justice elevates the goal of helping victims rebuild their lives to a fundamental component of justice. Parallel Justice requires us to decouple the pursuit of justice for victims from the administration of justice for offenders. Under a system of Parallel Justice the societal message to victims would be, "What happened to you is wrong and we will help you rebuild your life."

Parallel Justice Framework

Parallel Justice requires society not only to hold offenders accountable for the harms they have caused, but also to honor a separate social obligation to repair the harm caused by crime. Learn more about this vision of justice for crime victims.
Parallel Justice in Practice

The National Center worked with three communities to test the feasibility of the Parallel Justice concept as a new paradigm for society's response to crime. Learn more about the work of these communities and guidelines for implementing Parallel Justice in your community.

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