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This event is sponsored by the Stanford Center for Racial Justice, the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and the Haas Center for Public Service.
The fact that decades of increased investments in criminal justice have been justified in service of protecting victims of crime, when most crime victims haven’t seen the justice system offer any real protection or help, is perhaps the most sinister aspect and irony of mass incarceration.” In In Their Names, Lenore Anderson, founder and president of one of the nation’s largest justice reform advocacy organizations, offers a close look at how the political call to help victims in the 1980s morphed into a demand for bigger bureaucracies and more incarceration, and cemented the long- standing chasm that exists between most victims and the justice system. She argues that the powerful myth that mass incarceration benefits victims obscures recognition of what most victims actually need, including addressing trauma, which is a leading cause of subsequent violent crime. A solutions-oriented, paradigm-shifting book, In Their Names argues persuasively for closing the gap between our public safety systems and crime survivors.
Please join Tinisch Hollins, Executive Director at Californians for Safety and Justice, and Aswad Thomas, National Director at Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, for a timely discussion with Lenore Anderson on her book.