AUSTIN, Texas -- Crime survivors say they want a seat at the table when it comes to criminal justice reform.
Tuesday, about 200 crime survivors from across Texas descended on the Capitol for the state's first "survivors speak" event. They're calling on lawmakers to ensure survivors receive victim compensation and to build on recovery services.
The group is also urging support for policies that end crime cycles and reduce ineffective, wasteful incarceration. Survivors say support for them and their families and communities is critical to public safety.
Click the video link above to watch our interview with two crime survivors who are also leaders with the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice network.