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April 11, 2016 The Sacramento Bee featured news of Survivors Speak 2016 in the daily Capitol Alert.


April 11, 2016 - KCRA featured the Survivors Speak 2016 Conference and Governor Jerry Brown’s participation.


April 8, 2016 Aswad Thomas penned this moving op-ed for the Sacramento Bee leading up to the Californians for Safety and Justice Survivors Speak 2016 Conference.


April 13, 2016 - Ayoola Mitchell’s account of the Survivors Speak 2016 and its importance to the movement was published on Bay Area News Group sites following the conference.


January 13, 2016 — Members of our crime survivors leadership team are featured in a piece by Al Jazeera America about the new victims movement our network is leading as we elevate the voices and priorities of those most often impacted by crime.


October 15, 2015 — Members of our crime survivor network (and staff) are featured in a New Yorker story about the changing face of the crime victims' movement, including a focus on those most impacted by (and vulnerable to) crime and what they want and need from the justice system to avoid harm.


August 17, 2015 — Aswad Thomas, our National Organizer for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, is featured in a National Public Radio story about how few places there are to turn for African-American men who suffer violent crimes.


April 23, 2015 — Dionne Wilson, our Crime Survivor Advocate writes in the Sacramento Bee that our approach to justice for victims has too often been costly and ultimately unsafe for society and those most vulnerable to crime.


April 17, 2015 — Adela Barajas, a founding member of our Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice network, writes in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily News how critical it is for people in high-crime communities want new investments in public safety.


April 23, 2014 —Jill Schellenberg, a Fresno professor and member of our Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice network, penned this thoughtful piece in the Fresno Bee about her family's experience with a violent crime — and how the justice system can improve by using a more victims-centric approach.


April 2014 — Example coverage of the new report we commissioned on repeat victimization in California ranges from KPCC, Annenberg Radio News and KQED to Berkeley Law and Colorlines.



Dionne Wilson's husband, a San Leandro police officer, was killed on duty in 2005. Now she is working, with Californians for Safety and Justice, to win smarter justice approaches in California. Learn more about her story here.


In this video, hear from members of our Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice network about their insights into how healing communities is not just important for victims but also necessary to prevent crime.


California spends $62,396 per year per prisoner, including those there for nonviolent offenses. This drains resources from education, community health and other approaches that can prevent crime. See what else these taxpayer dollars could be invested in this infographic.

Hear Aqeela Sherrills talk about the loss of his son and how it has furthered the important work that he does in his community in this video.




VOCA Toolkit: We’ve put together a toolkit - “Victims of Crime Act and the Need for Advocacy” - to help crime survivors and advocates learn about and organize to access funding from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Read the the advocacy toolkit. For more information on VOCA, see our VOCA Fact Sheet.


California Crime Victims’ Voices: Historically, there has been a lack of data on who California’s crime victims are, what they need to recover from crime and their opinions about our state’s justice priorities. Who are crime victims in California? How does crime impact them and their thinking? What are their unmet needs – and experience with victim services? We explore these questions and more in a report that includes the first survey data from California crime victims. Read the report.

Untold Stories of California Crime Victims: Who is most vulnerable to repeat crimes in California, why and what do they need to recover and avoid future harm? We commissioned the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute of Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law to explore that and more in a report turns the traditional notions of crime victims on its head. Click here to view or download the report.



Help Californians win new safety priorities. We pledge to support smart justice strategies that increase safety and reduce costs. Join our efforts to save justice system money so we can invest in prevention, education and health. Click here to read more.