Dionne Wilson’s police officer husband was killed in 2005 in the line of duty. His killer sits on Death Row, in San Quentin.
As the Survivor Outreach Coordinator for Californians for Safety & Justice, Dionne Wilson speaks with crime survivors all across California. Through the Insight Prison Project, Dionne also meets with men and women convicted of violent crimes and has found that restorative justice practices are far more effective at stopping crime than vengeance has ever been. Through this work, Dionne has discovered a newfound passion for life and love of people that didn’t seem possible after her own husband was murdered. She now advocates for services that break the cycle of violence: trauma recovery for victims, drug treatment, mental health services, education, and job training.
looking back now, I think the thing most responsible for separating me from love and compassion, understanding and forgiveness, was seeing my healing in the misery and death of another human being