Parallel Justice for Victims

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Susan Herman’s idea of “parallel justice” for victims is a good idea. Criminal justice is extremely offender-oriented and the criminal justice system doesn’t focus much on helping the victim adjust back to normal life after whatever traumatic event they go through. Our system focuses on the offender and making sure the offender can adjust to life after whatever punishment they get and we make sure that they do not end up back in the criminal justice system. Susan Herman’s idea of parallel justice for victims has many potential strengths having the safety of the victim be the primary concern and focusing on the victim is something that the criminal justice system definitely needs to work on as soon as possible. I also believe that every victim of a crime should be offered immediate support, compensation for losses, and practical assistance. The third point is the most important I believe, having the victim explain what happened to them and the impact of the crime had on their lives and what resources that they are going to need to get back into their everyday life. Finally, victim needs should always be met and they should be met as quickly as possible. Focusing our criminal justice system and its resources on the victim a little more rather than the offender is a step that must be taken soon. The victim deserves to be able to get back into normal life and feel safe and be compensated for any damages, psychically and emotionally, that they have received from the offender, and they deserve for that all to be done as quick as possible. The reason that the criminal justice system should focus on the victim more is because they had no control over what was going to happen to them, the offender knew exactly what they were going to do and they are the ones who end up with all the help from our criminal justice system. I don’t see any downsides with this idea of focusing on…...

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