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We had a tyre slashed on the car last November. Ours was one of 67 or so tyres slashed on about 52 cars, all done by a group of kids but one lad in particular did the bulk of them. Despite a big effort by the police the main culprit wasn't prosecuted by the CPS because "there was insufficient evidence to ensure a conviction".
A few weeks ago I was asked by the local CBM if I'd be interested in this Restorative Justice thing for one of the lads involved - who admitted he might have done one or two tyres but again wasn't to be prosecuted. I invited the CBM round to discuss whether I wanted to be involved or not. It seems that even though the lad was never charged he wants to make an effort to turn his life around and had asked for the RJ thing, although I suspect he'd been talked into it by his youth worker or the plod. Apparently with support from his family and his own efforts he's making good progress and hasn't been in bother since the night of the short knives.
Apr 29, 2011 Story
Healing scars that can’t be seen
Three years after their lives violently collided, Shaun Herrod, his fiancee Agnes Steele, and Maconnell Baker seem an unlikely trio to sit in the same room enthusiastically discussing Herrod’s upcoming college graduation.
Life unexpectedly changed for all three of them on May 7, 2008, when Baker — who was high at the time — drove his car into Herrod’s on a north Rapid City street.
As the third anniversary of the accident approaches, the three talk about switching the focus of May 7 from a horrible accident to a memorable graduation.
Storytelling: Simple but profound
I hesitate to write about storytelling and restorative justice as a lot of people have written about the profound impact of this form of communication. A quick search for the term “storytelling” on Restorative Justice Online returns 29 different entries by people such as Kris Miner and Kay Pranis. Yet, I’ve recently been reminded of how important storytelling can be not only in communication but for an individual processing through pain and loss.
I remember talking with a woman who had lost her son in an automobile accident that involved drunk driving. She expressed a series of emotions ranging from grief to anger to denial. In telling me about the impact of her son’s death, she also described her anger and frustration with the criminal justice system in that her family was denied an opportunity to tell their story. She summed up all this in saying that they deserved the right to have the conference with the young man who had been driving that day. They deserved to be able to tell him how profoundly that one night had changed their lives.
The Salvation Army and restorative justice
from the article in The Dignity Project:
“I will never forget my first brush with injustice” says Matt Delaney. “I was so hurt. I wanted pay back. I wanted to retaliate, to return the favour that I didn’t ask for. I did fight back. Strange though, after I unleashed my vengeance, all I felt was empty and alone. What was wrong with me? Where was the justice I was looking for? Why didn’t I feel justified?