Laying the groundwork for Parallel Justice requires public discussion about how the often life-changing impact of crime ultimately produces tremendous negative consequences for individuals and communities. Making the case for Parallel Justice requires a greater understanding of the strong link between victimization and poor mental health, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, homelessness, unemployment, suicide, delinquency, and crime.
People respond more to issues and concerns when the problems are perceived as "close to home." So it's also important to learn more about the experiences of victims within our own communities – to inform these discussions.
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