Source: (2011) Portland: Partnership for Safety and Justice.

The voice of victims who want a different approach to public safety than the status quo has been mostly untapped by traditional criminal justice reform advocates: organizations and activists who primarily focus on challenging the policies that lead to mass incarceration or who focus on the negative and disproportionate impact of criminal justice policies on communities of color. These criminal justice reform organizations have more often alienated victim-oriented groups who could be potential allies, underscoring a range of tensions both real and perceived that have prevented collaborative engagement between groups working on a criminal justice reform agenda and victims who share some of their critiques. As a result, individual advocates and organizations on both “sides” have been stuck in oppositional stances instead of tapping into the power and potential of collaborative relationships and a more holistic analysis. (excerpt)

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