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Susan Herman, '81 in on the Revamping of how the NYPD Treats of Crime Victims

Wednesday, December 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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The title of the November 30, 2018, article on the work of Susan Herman, ’81, speaks for itself: "NYPD Has Been Quietly Revamping How It Treats Crime Victims. The Results Are Impressive." Read the article by clicking here.

Photo of Susan Herman against backdrop photo of police officers. Caption: Susan Herman '81. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images and NYPD.

Before being hired by the New York City Police Department as Deputy Commissioner for Collaborative Policing, Susan served for almost 8 years as executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime and wrote the 2010 book, “Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime.”  She has long argued that society has an obligation to work to restore the lives of victims of crime – who are disproportionately poor and non-white – and that this obligation is best viewed as an integral part of the justice system, not as a kind of charity.

You can listen to Susan describe Parallel Justice in a 2011 Vera Institute video posted to YouTube. Toward the end, she describes how the concept has been applied in Burlington, VT.  Also see

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