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This year more than 20 million Americans will become victims of crime. Very few will get the help they need to get their lives back on track. PARALLEL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME presents a new approach, designed to help victims rebuild their lives – now being piloted from Vermont to California – by police chiefs, prosecutors, corrections officials, victim advocates and community leaders.

Drawing on more than 30 years of criminal justice experience, including almost 8 years as executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, author Susan Herman explains why justice for all requires more than holding offenders accountable – it means addressing victims’ three basic needs: to be safe, to recover from the trauma of the crime, and regain control of their lives.

With guiding principles and practical examples of how to respond to victims of any kind of crime, PARALLEL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME (published by the National Center for Victims of Crime) provides a roadmap for everyone who wants to pursue this new vision of justice.

What the experts are saying:

"PARALLEL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME is a critically cogent explanation of how we fail victims of crime in this country and an elegantly lucid prescription for how to make progress in delivering justice to them."

- Tracey Meares, Deputy Dean and Walter Hale Hamilton Professor, Yale Law School

"Herman's book is a great addition to the classroom because it prompts students to critically consider the promises and shortfalls in our current responses to crime victims, while simultaneously challenging them to think broadly and thoughtfully about the possibilities for the future."

Janet Lauritsen, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice University of Missouri-St. Louis

"Susan Herman's quietly passionate manifesto serves to show even those of us committed to preventing victimization that we in fact neglect actual victims, both in theory and in practice. We should not, we need not, and parallel justice offers both a conceptual framework and immediate practical steps toward redressing crime's awful impact on individuals, families, and communities."

- David Kennedy, Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

"Herman not only outlines why parallel obligations to victims and offenders are necessary, she offers a theory of how this might work, with concrete suggestions for where we can start today, in our own communities."

- Howard Zehr, Professor of Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University and author of Changing Lenses and The Little Book of Restorative Justice

"Susan Herman’s book is a must read for policy makers, criminal justice officials, victim service providers, and survivors of crime as we forge ahead to create a more comprehensive and "just" system for all crime victims."

- Judy Rex, Executive Director, Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

"In PARALLEL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME Susan Herman makes the case for a paradigm shifting concept that will ultimately prove to be the single greatest thing we can do to help victims of crime rebuild their lives."

- Jim Bueermann, President, The Police Foundation, Washington, DC and former Chief, Redlands Police Department, Redlands, CA

"Susan's book is a great resource to rediscover how impactful crime is on victims... I challenge you to read it, most of it or even some of it. Keep it in your office ... for later reference. If you feel you may be becoming complacent about "victims," thumb through it. Most of the work we do is a result of a victimization. Susan Herman offers some insight on what victims feel and how we all, as a community, can repair some damage."

- Mark A. Ostrem, County Attorney, Olmsted, Minnesota

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