Illinois House Approves Plan To Help Victims Of Violent Crime

Jan 10, 2017

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The Illinois House approved a plan meant to help victims of violent crime across the state.  

Many people who commit crime started out as victims. And in some neighborhoods, this can lead to a cycle of trauma and retribution.  The plan would  address the role of trauma in criminal behavior, targeting high-risk, underserved communities. People would be on the ground, building relationships to help victims better deal with their grief and anger. 

 

It's sponsored by Democratic state Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, of Peoria.  Her stepson was shot and killed nearly three years ago.

 

"For far too many communities, for far too many families, for far too many neighborhoods, to lose loved ones in a violent way is normal" she says. "That does something to the psychology,  particularly of the young people."

 

The measure is part of a broader, bipartisan push to improve Illinois' criminal justice system.

Sponsors will try to get the bill through the Senate today.