Offender Meets Victim: A ‘Survivor-Centered’ Approach to Violent Crime

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Unlike with drugs or other low-level crimes, you never hear the oft-repeated phrase “we can’t incarcerate our way out of the problem” if that problem is violent crime.

But that is beginning to change.

“I realized we are never going to incarcerate ourselves to safety and we are never going to change our communities by only putting people in prison,” Brooklyn (NY) Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez told a Vera Institute panel in Manhattan yesterday.

Violent offenders . . .

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