Crime victims survey yields surprising results

Sep 16, 2016

James McCurtis is director of the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission.
Credit Courtesy photo / Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission

Lock them up and throw away the key? A new study shows that may not be the answer victims of crime want.


If you have ever been a victim of a crime, you may have very strong thoughts on the criminal justice system. A nationwide survey was recently done, and many are surprised by the results.

The survey was conducted by the Alliance for Safety and Justice, and it discovered that victims of crime often wonder where to turn for help in their recovery efforts, whether it be the need to relocate or get therapy. The survey also learned that despite the popular  assumption that victims want long prison sentences, the study revealed quite the opposite.

Current State's Brooke Allen talks with Lenore Anderson, president of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, and the director of the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission, James McCurtis.