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How ‘Sloppy’ Fire Science Sends Innocents to Prison

By Paul Bieber

For George Souliotes, this 4th of July was an Independence Day like no other.  It was his first full day of freedom, after 16 years behind bars in California for crimes he did not commit.  Seventeen hundred miles away in Texas, Ed Graf spent his 4th of July in the same manner he has for the past 27 years—an innocent man confined in a state prison.  His celebration of freedom will have to wait.

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New Hope for Victims of Crime

By Mai Fernandez

“Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services,” is a not only a sweeping, ambitious achievement but a call to action for the victim services field.

Only once before in our history (with OVC’s New Directions from the Field: Victims’ Rights and Services for the 21st Century in 1998) has the field so thoroughly assessed its status and recommended steps to advance its work. Vision 21 revisits the 1998 recommendations, evaluates our progress, and creates a detailed blueprint for transforming victim services in the decades ahead.

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After Newtown: Dealing With the Grief

By Mai Fernandez

Right now, the nation is rightly focused on the victims’ families. News reports have paid tribute to the six courageous teachers who died trying to save the children in their care.  We have also seen touching accounts of the twenty young children who tragically lost their lives. Such attention to the victims, rare in so many crimes, sheds a spotlight on the impact of all homicides.

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