Heather Warnken, Lydia Watts on helping Baltimore's crime victims
Much of the conversation about crime tends to fixate on the perpetrators, and how — or even if — they are prosecuted. So much of the discussion about public safety is centered around getting criminals off the streets and incarcerated, to keep them away from the rest of us.
The victims of crimes are often left out of the conversation. Today on Midday, we are going to center them.
What do we owe victims of crime? What is our legal and moral obligation to people whose lives have been upended by violence?
Tom's guests today argue that not only is taking care of crime victims the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do as part of a strategy to reduce violence.
In the summer of 2021, the National Public Safety Partnership published a report that was focused on under-served survivors, particularly boys and men of color. The report assessed what services various agencies in the City of Baltimore were providing to survivors of violent crime, and how those services should be improved and expanded.
How best can cities like ours implement a trauma-informed approach that increases access to services for victims and promotes healing between communities of color and the police?
Heather Warnken is the Executive Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and the lead author of the above-mentioned report by the National Public Safety Partnership.
Audio will be posted here later this afternoon.