It’s Time to Start Really Listening to Crime Victims and Survivors

An elected district attorney once told me that they tell families of homicide victims to “find salvation in your therapist or your church or your family, because you aren’t going to find it in the courtroom.” Our system of criminal justice does what it can to assist victims with their healing process, but it is simply not built to address their needs. The punishment of offenders and the healing of victims are often two very different things. And while I respect the bluntness of that DA’s advice, I think we owe victims more than a reality check about what happens in most courtrooms.

Mike Schmidt speaking with a woman and her dog
Mike Schmidt speaking with a woman and her dog
Mike Schmidt (right)
Mike Schmidt talking with people and a child
Mike Schmidt talking with people and a child
Mike Schmidt (left)

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Candidate for Multnomah County District Attorney

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