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Mass Incarceration: Victim Advocacy


You might think victims of crimes want perpetrators locked up for life, but that's not always the case. In this installment of our series on mass incarceration, we'll examine the role of the victim in Ohio's criminal justice system. We'll look at  rise of the victims' rights lobby, and how victim testimony affects the chances for parole.


  • Kathleen Kovach, victim representative on the Ohio Parole Board
  • Elizabeth Well, legal clinic director of The Justice League of Ohio
  • David Singleton, Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center
  • Donna Foster, seeking the parole of her son’s murderer

  Listen to all parts of our Mass Incarceration series #1:  The Social and Economic Costs #2: Ohio's Parole Board #3: The Recidivism Rate #4: Victim Advocacy