Meeting criminals helps the healing
From the article by Tess McClureon Stuff.co.nz:
For Linda Dyne, meeting her son's killer was the first step toward moving on.
When 25-year-old Justin Dyne disappeared in winter 2000, Dyne never saw him again.
Months later, his strangled body was found dumped in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges, and Tristan Lawson, 22, received a life sentence for his murder.
For years, Dyne struggled to move past her anger.
"I loved my son dearly and had a special bond with him because he had a disability. So to lose him just broke my heart," she said.
But two years after Justin's death, Linda chose to meet Tristan through a restorative justice (RJ) conference, where victims meet offenders to discuss the impact of the crime and seek ways of redressing harm.
Ruth Krug: Courtroom can't be the only place to find justicearticle by Ruth Krug on BattleCreekEnquirer.com:
George Zimmerman Acquitted: Can Restorative Justice Apply?
from the article by Lisa Rea on Restorative Justice International:
For those who haven’t followed this trial, Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old black teenager shot by George Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted.
It’s hard to consider that such a verdict is just given the victim, Trayvon Martin, was unarmed while Zimmerman was the one with the gun.
Regardless of your views on whether the offender was “justified” in his killing Martin, let alone considering the impact of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, there is no peace from this verdict. As many have said, this verdict might be legal but it is not just. The offender killed; the victim died. The offender is released. Trayvon Martin can’t speak from the grave. The family members of the teenager are the victims left behind. Can restorative justice apply here and how? Is it available to them?
Jul 24, 2013 Case:Violence
Restorative Justice 'can be justified' in serious cases
Frontline officers have a judgement call to make when deciding whether victims of more serious offences would benefit from Restorative Justice (RJ) rather than a prosecution, a senior officer has said.
ACC Garry Shewan, who leads on justice and community resolutions for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said there was not a “simple formula” and there was no prescribed list of offences for which Restorative Justice could be used.
Teenage rape prevention campaign launched
from the article on Pirate FM News:
Pirate FM has learnt nine under eighteens have been convicted of sex offences on younger teenagers in Cornwall and Devon over the last year.
But almost thirty were dealt with by restorative justice, where the victim and attacker work out a solution together.
'Why I must speak out to stop my rapist being freed'
After Dr Claire Chung was raped by a stranger at knifepoint, she took two extraordinary and courageous steps.
Firstly, she confronted him face to face after his conviction, as part of a programme known as “restorative justice”. Then she waived her anonymity, speaking of the decision she took to face the man who had attacked her.
Now she is speaking out again, this time to voice her concerns at a parole system which could free Stephen Allen Gale early next year.
How we forgave my son's vicious killer: Parents whose teenage boy was beaten to death by thugs come face-to-face with offenders
In a meeting arranged by the Restorative Justice programme and mediators at the charity CALM (Confidential And Local Mediation), the couple met with two of the three perpetrators responsible for the crime when they came to the end of their sentences.
And in a moment of heart-wrenching humanity that brings tears to the eyes, Ray says that when one of the offenders entered the room, all he wanted to do was hug him.
In sentencing criminals, is Norway too soft? Or are we too harsh?
....“Western Europeans regard 10 or 12 years as an extremely long term, even for offenders sentenced in theory to life,” he said.
Today, there are more than 41,000 people serving life without parole in the United States compared to fifty-nine in Australia, forty-one in England and thirty-seven in the Netherlands. That’s according to a study released this spring, which found that we are “in the minority of countries using several sentencing practices, such as life without parole, consecutive sentences, juvenile life without parole, juvenile transfer to adult courts, and successive prosecution of the same defendant by the state and federal government.”
A different justice: Why Anders Breivik only got 21 years for killing 77 people
from the article by Max Fisher on The Atlantic:
Although Breivik will likely be in prison permanently -- his sentence can be extended -- 21 years really is the norm even for very violent crimes. The much-studied Norwegian system is built on something called restorative justice. Proponents of this system might argue that it emphasizes healing: for the victims, for the society, and, yes, for the criminal him or herself.
Restorative justice for veterans: The San Francisco Sheriff 's Department's Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (COVER)
....Veterans represent a rapidly growing segment of the jail population whose characteristics mirror those of the general jail population and include histories of substance abuse, inconsistent work histories and challenges related to maintaining family relationships.
Like most prisoners, they receive few services while incarcerated to address the myriad of health, mental health, and psychosocial issues that contribute to their incarceration and pose challenges upon release. The military discharge status of most justice-involved vets—less than honorable—makes them ineligible for many of the benefits and services offered by the Veterans Administration (VA).