From Heartbreak to Healing –
the Journey of Crime Survivors

From Heartbreak to Healing

In April, about 500 people gathered at the Convention Center in downtown Sacramento, California for the annual Survivors Speak Conference. The conference, organized by Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), a Public Welfare Foundation grantee, has become an important measure of the increasing recognition that crime survivors should be included in discussions about criminal justice reform and that, very often, perpetrators, victims and survivors come from the same communities, and even the same families.

As Robert Rooks, the organizing director of CSJ and vice president of the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), another Foundation grantee, put it,“You have mothers who have a son in the grave and a son in prison…And, realizing that connection means that we can talk about crime victimization and also talk about reducing numbers of people in prison in the same conversation about community safety.”


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