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Prisons Can’t Afford to Cut Rehabilitation Funds

The title of this post is also the title of a recent Op Ed in the SF Chronicle by the President of California’s Crime Victims United Harriet Salarno and State Assemblyman Ted Lieu.

I have known Ms. Salarno for several years and have found her to be a formidable voice on behalf of the victims rights movement. Yet, in my discussions with her, she has often spoken as passionately about the need to help nonviolent offenders rehabilitate as about the need to vindicate the rights of victims.

This Op Ed seems to adopt a view long held by many criminal justice reformers and victims rights advocates alike: offender rehabilitation and victim support need not be adversaries in the criminal justice system.

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