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Family receives life sentence: A mother’s perspective

Snyder, Emma Jo
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) The Crime Victims Report 4 (May/June): 23-24, 30.

A fundamental perspective in the victims’ movement is that crime involves harm to people not just transgression of state and law. Hence, victims must be integral to understanding and responding to crime. Emma Jo Snyder makes these points vividly clear and personal in this narrative of the journey she and her family made in the terrible aftermath of the murder of an adult son. She recounts the murder and the criminal justice process; the trauma and difficulties for the family and for her marriage; and their efforts (Emma Jo and her husband) as co-victims of a murder in trying to help youth at risk, young offenders, and men and women inmates.


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