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Smart, Safe, and Fair: Strategies to Prevent Youth Violence, Heal Victims of Crime, and Reduce Racial Inequality

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dc.identifier.citation (2018). Smart, Safe, and Fair: Strategies to Prevent Youth Violence, Heal Victims of Crime, and Reduce Racial Inequality. Justice Policy Institute and National Center for Victims of Crime, 83 pgs. en_US
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract In Smart, Safe, and Fair, the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) explore how to build more effective approaches to serve youth involved in a violent crime in the community. JPI started by researching strategies for maintaining public safety when a youth is involved in violent crime and examined the barriers to serving more youth involved in these behaviors at home. JPI also solicited input from a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, including young people directly impacted by the justice system, public defenders and prosecutors, advocates and policy-makers....After the initial research, JPI partnered with NCVC to gain insight into, and recommendations for, how best to serve youth charged with violent crime. This includes assessing whether the field supports serving youth involved in violent crime in a community setting. As part of this effort, in December, 2017, NCVC invited victims and victim advocates from across the country to a roundtable to consider and discuss these issues. The purpose of the conversation was to engage the two communities—juvenile justice researchers and advocates with crime victims and victim advocates—in a dialogue around the research and policy solutions. Victims were consistent in their views, including the fact that they: Do not equate accountability with confinement; Want a voice in the process that resolves young people’s behavior; Want opportunities for youth to get what they need so they no longer engage in crime; Support eliminating some of the barriers that prevent youth involved in a violent crime from being served in the community; Want more resources designated to support youth rehabilitation in the community; Say that whether the youth was involved in violent or nonviolent crime is far less important to them than whether the youth is served effectively, held accountable, and the victim(s) are safe and their needs are met; Want the youth justice system to address the reality that young people involved in violent crimes are often victims of violence themselves and need trauma-informed services for successful rehabilitation; Are concerned with how racial and ethnic disparities affect the treatment and services provided to both youth offenders and victims; and Believe that serving youth involved in violent crime should not be built around the current philosophy of confinement. Instead, it should be built around a set of principles that focus on rehabilitation, victim safety, and the provision of ample services by both parties. [CVRL Note: see pages 10-11 for consensus found through roundtables with crime victims, and the longer section on victims' perspectives is pages 34-41.] (Author Text) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Justice Policy Institute en_US
dc.subject Focus Group en_US
dc.subject Victim Input en_US
dc.subject Victim Services en_US
dc.subject Community Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Criminal Justice en_US
dc.subject Youth Violence en_US
dc.subject Prevention en_US
dc.subject Rehabilitation en_US
dc.subject Victim Protection en_US
dc.subject Victim-Offender Overlap en_US
dc.subject Policy Analysis en_US
dc.subject Recidivism en_US
dc.subject Community-based en_US
dc.subject Restorative Justice en_US
dc.subject Accountability en_US
dc.subject Victim Needs en_US
dc.subject Victim Perspectives en_US
dc.subject Survivors en_US
dc.subject Crime Reduction en_US
dc.subject Sentence en_US
dc.subject Supervision en_US
dc.subject Case Disposition en_US
dc.title Smart, Safe, and Fair: Strategies to Prevent Youth Violence, Heal Victims of Crime, and Reduce Racial Inequality en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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