Resilience, Not Vengeance! Separating Social and Statutory Justice
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The story of Victoria Ruvolo's resilience has been making news since some kids out on a night of joyriding in November 2004 threw a frozen turkey out of their car and it went through Victoria's windshield, destroying both the windshield and her face and leaving her near death as they drove away.
Doctors predicted that if she did live, she would never be fully functional again - she would need a caretaker. The District Attorney on Long Island, where the event occurred, wanted the maximum prison term for the teen who had actually tossed the turkey - between 25 and 40 years.
Vicky is the personification of resilience. She survived, she healed, she convinced the DA and the judge that 6 months in jail, five years probation, and one year of community service would probably produce a far better result for society than turning a stupid kid into a hardened criminal. And she went on to work alongside her attacker, Ryan Cushing, in the Suffolk County TASTE program for at-risk kids. And instead on one year community service, Ryan did three at Victoria's side where they inspired other kids to pick up where he left off talking to kids about the decisions they make....
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