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Welcome back to Justice in Focus: Crime Bill @ 20.

Kim GandyOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and this week we hear from someone who has dedicated her life to ending violence against women. Today, Kim Gandy is president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. But in 1994 she was fighting for the passage of the Violence Against Women Act as executive vice president of the National Organization for Women.

“It’s clear that VAWA was a game-changer—it’s made dramatic change across the field, but we still have a ways to go,” Gandy says. “And now, a high-profile NFL case involving Ray Rice has put the issue in front of the public in a way that many more people are talking about the issue.”

For more, follow the passage and impact of VAWA on our timeline. One powerful fact—from 1993 to 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined 67 percent.

And read exclusive statements on VAWA from two people who championed its passage in Congress: Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Keep that feedback coming by emailing us at or tweeting with the hashtag #CrimeBill20.

In case you missed it:

  • Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Robert E. Rubin on the economic potential of criminal justice reform.
  • Fortune Society’s Stanley Richards on taking a different course.
  • Ron Weich, dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law, on the tumultuous road to passing the bill.
  • Right on Crime’s Marc Levin on right-sizing the system.
  • Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel on re-imagining prisons.
  • NYPD’s Bill Bratton on police partnerships with communities.
  • Vera’s Susan Shah on next steps for community policing after Ferguson.
  • Pew’s Adam Gelb on bipartisanship in the 1990s and today.
  • Laurie Robinson on the largest criminal justice research spending in history.
  • PolicyLink CEO Angela Glover Blackwell on restoring communities.
  • Pat Nolan of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform on the conservative case for prison reform. (Full interview now available!)
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis on the climate in which the act was passed. (Full interview now available!)

Coming up:

Sesame Street Workshop’s Jeanette Betancourt, the Reverend Dr. Gabriel Salguero of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and lead pastor of the Lamb’s Church in New York City, and Vera’s Fred Patrick on prison education.

Vera Institute of Justice eNewsletter.



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