Crime Survivors Speak: The First-Ever National Survey of Victims’ Views on Safety and Justice

Alliance for Safety and JusticeFor the first time in decades, criminal justice practitioners, lawmakers, and the general public are rethinking sentencing laws, prison spending, and the best ways to address crime and violence. In an effort to incorporate the voices of crime survivors during this era of reform, this report from the Alliance for Safety and Justice describes findings from its National Survey of Victims’ Views and points to opportunities for further research and reform to advance polices that align with the needs and perspectives of victims. Perhaps to the surprise of some, victims overwhelmingly prefer criminal justice approaches that prioritize rehabilitation over punishment and strongly prefer investments in crime prevention and treatment to more spending on prisons and jails.