Lara Bazelon on Victims' Rights and Restorative Justice
In this episode, Lara Bazelon, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Racial Justice Clinic at the University of San Francisco School of Law, discusses her article (co-authored with Bruce Green, Professor of Law at Fordham Law School), "Victims' Rights from a Restorative Justice Perspective," forthcoming in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law this year. Bazelon begins by discussing the "essentializing" of sexual assault victims, which wrongfully presumes that victims all have the same interests as each other and the state in criminal prosecutions of sexual assault. She then discusses recent victims' rights reforms, some of which continue to essentialize victims. Bazelon then introduces listeners to a new model that may prove more useful to crime victims than the usual mode of prosecution--restorative justice. She closes by highlighting some examples of jurisdictions successfully using a restorative justice approach to victims' rights. Bazelon is on Twitter at @larabazelon.