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Thank you for participating in OVC's Web Forum Guest Host Series. We hope this discussion will help you better serve crime victims. Please continue to discuss this and other topics with your colleagues on ...
OVCRC
03/25/2015
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Thank you for hosting this discussion. Your responses have been helpful. Also, the study that was released on victims' needs in wrongful convictions was very well done. I appreciate the amount of detail an...
Kimberly Cook
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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What specific support do you recommend for victims who incorrectly identified their attacker or attackers?
Courtney
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
arrow icon In addition to peer support that Katie mentioned, training a...
Karin Ho
03/25/2015
arrow icon Peer support has been very helpful to some, and there is a g...
Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
arrow icon Reading the book "Picking Cotton" might be helpful for that ...
Kimberly Cook
03/25/2015
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Who is the best person to contact the victim initially? An advocate, the prosecutor?
Elizabeth
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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What is the best way to approach a victim about a post conviction exoneration?
Elizabeth
03/25/2015
arrow icon There are so many possible reactions, as with much of the ju...
Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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Carrie Jo Carma
03/25/2015
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Is the Innocence Network the same as the Innocence Project? I am a victim advocate who works with victims and families in all areas post conviction and we have a couple of awful cases where the offender i...
Ronelle Shankle
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
arrow icon The Innocence Network is working on educating innocence orga...
Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
arrow icon Concerning the second part of your question, while many exon...
Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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What recommendation would you give the Advocates on how to prepare to outreach to the victim's in these cases.
Sindy Var
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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Based on past cases, and with the DNA investigative tools that are continually being perfected, do you anticipate there being many more postconviction exonerations before they level out in the near future?
Pamela Bennett
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
arrow icon There is a significant backlog of untested DNA throughout th...
Lorie Brisbin
03/25/2015
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Ronelle Shankle
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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Is there a list of programs in the USA that provide direct services to victims/survivors in cases of wrongful convictions? if so, would it be possible for me to get that list with the contact details for t...
Kimberly Cook
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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How frequently do these cases occur?
Lorie Brisbin
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
arrow icon Counter to this, do we know how many cases have been brought...
Ronelle Shankle
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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Are there any specific resources that you utilize to assist victims and their survivors in coping with that person being back on the streets following the exoneration or early release of defendant. I guess...
Steve
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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Karin Ho
03/25/2015
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I am teaching a wrongful convictions course for honors students at UCM! I have utilized the Innocence Project website for amazing information and resources, but do you have recommendations for additional s...
Ashley Wellman
03/25/2015
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Ashley Wellman
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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Katie Monroe
03/25/2015
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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to welcome Katie Monroe and Karin Ho to the OVC Web Forum. They will be available to answer your questions on Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assista...
OVCRC
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