Our response to crime should focus on healing and accountability, not punishment and retribution.
If they loved me more, they wouldn’t have gone. They wouldn’t have risked losing me. That’s how I felt for years.
When I was 14 months old, my parents left me at my babysitter’s house and participated in an armored car robbery that ended in disaster. Their accomplices shot and killed three men, including two police officers. My mother and father received 20- and 75-year minimum sentences. Though I was not physically injured that terrible day, nor did my loved ones die, I was one of the dozens of people whose lives were devastated. Like them, I was angry, too.