Crime Survivors Rally in Tallahassee

posted by Rick Flagg - 

Roughly 200 members of a group called "Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice" descend on the state capitol in Tallahassee to say it's time for a change. 

Aqeela Sherrills says the state's criminal justice system is out of kilter and should pay more attention to the victims.

"To ensure that the survivor's voice is heard and that we center the healing of survivors in this conversation around public safety," he said.

Members of the group say they don't want harsher penalties or longer prison terms.

Sherrills says most survivors believe there should be more emphasis on rehabilitation... along with better treatment programs for drug abuse and mental illness.

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