Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Felons Are Victims, Too, She Discovers; That's Why She's Helping Them Adjust to Life after Jail

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Felons Are Victims, Too, She Discovers; That's Why She's Helping Them Adjust to Life after Jail

Article excerpt

Byline: CHARLIE PATTON

The person chosen to administer a new Jacksonville Sheriff's Office program aimed at integrating released felons back into the community has every reason to despise violent criminals.

As she grew up in a small Ohio town, Cathy Chadeayne-Goldman was, against statistical odds, a three-time crime victim.

The most terrifying came was when she was 16, working in a fast-food restaurant.

An obviously shaky gunman robbed the place. In the process, he first forced the employees to lie facedown on the floor, then herded them into the parking lot and told them to get into a car, Chadeayne-Goldman recalls.

Ultimately, he left them unharmed but not unscarred, at least psychologically, she said.

She also was molested by a convicted sex offender at age 11 and, as a young adult, fought off an attempted date rape. Such experiences gave Chadeayne-Goldman a passion for victim's rights.

She joined her first victim's rights organization in 1975, when she was 19.

Later, after she moved to Jacksonville - her husband at the time was in the Navy - she went to work for the State Attorney's Office and, subsequently, became its first victim's rights advocate.

So when State Attorney Harry Shorstein asked her to help administer programs he was developing to rehabilitate violent juvenile offenders whose crimes were so serious they had been certified as adults, she initially was reluctant, she said.

When she began to learn their stories and discovered that most of them, before they became offenders, had themselves been victims, her attitude changed.

"If you don't treat victims ... there is a price to pay," she said.

The new Sheriff's Office program, called Project Dismas - after Dismas, the good thief who was crucified next to Christ - came out of last summer's Reducing Murder report by the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.