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Crime Victims

Prop. 47 Matters to Crime Victims

Heather Warnken | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
Heather Warnken

As a criminal justice researcher, the debate over Proposition 47 is of great interest to me professionally. As a crime survivor, it's also deeply personal.

Vast Majority of Federal Child Pornography Criminals Pay ZERO Restitution to Victims

James R. Marsh | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
James R. Marsh

No longer will victims be relegated to a handful of defendants paying token amounts in just a few dozen cases per year.

Congress Proposes to Fix Restitution for Child Pornography Victims

James R. Marsh | Posted 09.24.2014 | Crime
James R. Marsh

Faced with a draconian decision by the SCOTUS in late April which all but eliminated meaningful restitution for child pornography victims, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Chuck Schumer spearheaded a comprehensive legislative fix which addresses the concerns outlined in United States v. Paroline.

Houston Shooting Survivor: My Slain Family Is 'In A Much Better Place'

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2014 | Crime

By Kevin Murphy July 12 (Reuters) - The teenage survivor of a shooting attack in suburban Houston in which her parents and four sibli...

How and Why Congress Must Fix Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography

James R. Marsh | Posted 07.06.2014 | Crime
James R. Marsh

Almost two weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court basically invalidated federal restitution for victims of child pornography.

Disappointment at the Supreme Court for Child Pornography Victims

James R. Marsh | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime
James R. Marsh

This week, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in our case requesting compensation for victims of child pornography. In Paroline v. Uni...

National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2014

Philip Russo | Posted 06.14.2014 | Crime
Philip Russo

We need to increase awareness to the needs of victims and not just hand out plaques.

Why the Insane Danger of Posting on Craigslist Hit Way Too Close to Home for Me

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Beware everyone. There are truly evil people out there waiting to harm others for merchandise. In many cases, there is little value for human life in the pursuit of money or things. Keep this knowledge with you as you post on sites like Craigslist. So stay safe.

Why Prosecutors Fear Widow's Testimony in Wrongful Conviction Case

David Protess | Posted 07.28.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Twenty years ago, Vargas thought she knew who murdered her husband, Rodrigo, as he was leaving for work. That's because a detective told her he'd solved the crime.

Fixing Illinois' Unconstitutional Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juveniles

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

It's May now, and the Illinois legislature has already taken up measures to try to fix the concealed carry law. The fix on juvenile life sentences? Still waiting.

Reflections On Getting Shot

Michael Goldstein | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Michael Goldstein

First I saw a flash of fire and felt as if I'd been punched in my lower pelvis. No pain, just impact. No sound, either, though people a block away heard a crack. Neighbors also heard Susan scream, which I didn't. But I did know what had happened, and I told Susan: "He shot me!"

VAWA: Because Every Man, Woman and Child in America Is at Risk and Every Crime Victim Deserves Justice

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It is said April is the cruelest month and certainly this April Florida Governor Rick Scott landed the cruelest act, vetoing funding for rape crisis c...

Alternatives to a Bankrupt Prison System

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The so-called war on drugs is responsible for most of the massive uptick in the prison population. Instead of punishing drug addicts, treatment lessens addiction, disease, and the crimes caused by drug use.

Would You Have Called?

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Pedro Nava

As a society, what kind of message are we sending when we say it is okay to stand by and not make a call when someone is being brutally victimized over and over again?

How Crime Victims Become Crime Survivors

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Diane Dimond

I attended the annual "Survive and Thrive" 5k run/walk event put on by a group called Crime Survivors. Note that it's not crime victims -- it's crime survivors.