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January 14, 2016

Victims of Violence Work to Reshape Criminal-Justice Debate

A new victims advocacy movement, powered by individuals who have personally experienced violence, is influencing policy discussions about the incarceration of those convicted of violent crimes and related issues like prison sentences and reentry programs, Al Jazeera America reports. 

Members of the movement are using research and data to show a direct correlation between early exposure to violence and subsequent violent behavior. They are also calling for cuts in government spending on prison in favor of increases in spending on prevention, trauma care, and mental-health treatment.