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How to Respond to Violent Crime? Ask the Victims of Crime

RJI will be exploring various legislative responses to violent crime in the U.S. and beyond. We will highlight in particular public policy recommendations that reflect responses based on restorative justice. At this time we are posting the following statute which came from legislation authored by crime victim and survivor Robert “Renny” Cushing who was elected and this year re-elected to the New Hampshire Legislature.

This statute provides for the many needs voiced by crime victims including a right to restorative justice. RJI is strongly in support of this approach and this right for all crime victims. There are many other rights in this statute that move the justice system, on the state level, towards giving victims rights after they have become survivors of violent crime or they are the family members of victims of violent crime.

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