March 10, 2017
Our Quad Cities: On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2872, the Neighborhood Safety Act, into law. This law is aimed at stoping the cycle of crime by expanding access to trauma recovery services for crime victims, incentivizing inmates to participate in rehabilitation programs including life skills, job training and substance abuse treatment, and expanding judicial discretion for some sentencing decisions.
January 31, 2017
The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio will follow California as the second state to offer a network of support services to victims of violent crime, including sexual assault and human trafficking, in a partnership between hospitals and victim services agencies.
January 30, 2017
Cleveland.com: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is awarding $2.6 million to create a network of five trauma recovery centers aimed at helping victims of violence recover and access the services they need.
January 30, 2017
The Hill: Within hours of coming into office, the Trump Administration changed content on The White House website, including pages related to critical public safety issues.
December 16, 2016
Chicago Tonight: On Oct. 21, Lisa Daniels sat inside the Markham County Courthouse awaiting the plea hearing of Michael Reed, the man who fatally shot her 25-year-old son, Darren Easterling, in 2012.
December 15, 2016
Peoria Public Radio: A new survey argues criminals should get rehabilitation rather than punishment.
December 6, 2016
Fox 39: The survey by the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) finds that, despite popular assumptions on prison sentences, crime victims favor shorter prison sentences in Illinois, and investment more on education and rehabilitation rather than prisons and jails.
November 2, 2016
TRUTH-OUT: We all know an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
September 1, 2016
OZY: Her 20-year-old son was dead, his murder related to his suspected gang activity. He’d been shot in the face and chest in an alley in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. But three days later, rather than blame his killer, or encourage vengeance, Doris Hernandez did what might sound like the unthinkable: She forgave her son’s murderer — publicly.
August 31, 2016
Philanthropy News Digest: The 2016 election campaign season has exposed the deep and bitter divides in our political system. Candidates have put forth vastly different views, and the list of what they agree on seems to be getting shorter by the day. Yet criminal justice reform has become that rare thing — an issue on which many Democrats and Republicans can agree.
August 30, 2016
Huffington Post: Change has come to the criminal justice system in America’s most populous state. California’s arrest rate last year dropped to its lowest level ever recorded, the result of a voter-approved initiative to reclassify several nonviolent felonies as misdemeanors.
August 15, 2016
Governing: As policymakers in state capitols and on Capitol Hill debate criminal justice reform, it’s worth considering who crime victims are and their views on laws meant to punish those who do them harm. A pair of national surveys sheds some light on the issue. The Justice GOVERNING: Department’s annual National Crime Victimization Survey reports detailed data on various types of crimes and their victims. Another recent survey, commissioned by the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), provides...
August 11, 2016
Washington Examiner: Often, when criminal justice reformers advocate rehabilitation and treatment programs over more prison time for certain offenders, the response goes something like this: "Think of the victims. If you or your child or someone you love had been hurt, you'd want the criminal to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, wouldn't you?"
August 5, 2016
Cleveland 19 News (CBS): The Alliance for Safety and Justice interviewed 800 crime survivors across the country, victims of non-violent and violent crimes...
August 5, 2016
Public Welfare Foundation: In April, about 500 people gathered at the Convention Center in downtown Sacramento, California for the annual Survivors Speak Conference. The conference, organized by Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), a Public Welfare Foundation grantee, has become an important measure of the increasing recognition that crime survivors should be...
August 5, 2016
Washington Post: A first-of-its-kind national survey finds that victims of crime say they want to see shorter prison sentences, less spending on prisons and a greater focus on the rehabilitation of criminals. Washington Post: The survey, conducted in April and released Thursday by the Alliance for Safety and Justice, a criminal justice reform group, polled the attitudes and beliefs of more 800 crime victims pooled from...
August 5, 2016
Urban Institute: Despite billions of dollars spent annually at the federal, state, and local levels, our correctional system continues to fail us in critical ways. It falls short not just in protecting public safety, but also in restoring the well-being of victims of crime...
Cleveland 19 News (CBS): Debate over punishment for those who commit crimes heats up. A new national survey was just released, regarding what crime victims think about justice and safety...
Sirius XM Progress: Ari Rabin-Havt speaks with Lenore Anderson, President, Alliance for Safety and Justice about their new report on crime victims. The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt airs live nationally, Monday through Friday, 6:00am – 9:00am ET on SiriusXM Progress, channel 127.
Texas Public Radio: President Obama commuted the sentence of a record breaking 214 federal prisoners. The move marks another in the continuing signs that the United States is rethinking how we accomplish justice and public safety...
Cleveland 19 News (CBS): The survey shows crime victims want better services and rehabilitation programs instead of long prison sentences. Robert Rooks is the Vice President of Alliance for Safety and Justice...