The Epiphany Moment: A Felon Becoming Aware of His Victim | WYPR

The Epiphany Moment: A Felon Becoming Aware of His Victim

Jul 6, 2017

Wayne Brewton, convicted of murder at age 17 with a life sentence, and paroled after 38 years (L), and Mark Vernarelli, Director of Community Engagement in the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation (R).

The impact a crime has upon a victim can be pervasive -- the trauma can affect children, parents, other loved ones and friends. Comprehending the victim’s point of view and the depth of that widespread impact can be a powerful healing tool for both the perpetrator and the victim. We meet Wayne Brewton, convicted of murder at age 17 with a life sentence, and paroled after 38 years, who championed victim awareness efforts inside prison, and Mark Vernarelli, Director of Community Engagement in the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, who witnessed the powerful effects of the efforts first hand.