Seven states won’t give victim aid to people with criminal histories. The policies fall hardest on black families.
Alysia Santo is a staff writer for The Marshall Project. Her investigative reporting on the criminal justice system has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award in both 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up for the 2016 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting.
The messy truth about victim compensation
Victim compensation funds are supposed to help victims of crime. African Americans are disproportionately hurt by how that money is handed out.