Staying the course to continue providing restorative justice
Jun 01, 2009
From Lorenn Walker's blog: Restorative Justice for Healing: “We simply have got to stay and keep helping the people touched by these programs,” says Barbara Tudor with passion and zeal. When she says she is “staying” you know she means it. She is a sturdy sixty-ish woman with curly blond short hair and clear blue eyes. Most striking is her abundant energy, which could vie with the most active teenager.
During my two-day visit with Tudor in England, we toured a prison, met with incarcerated people whom she had trained, and with staff who she also trained in restorative justice.
Her kindness and compassion for people radiates. She stops to help anyone on the street who looks like they need it. Her compassion for imprisoned people is over whelming. “I hope he gets things squared away,” she says hours after bumping into an imprisoned man, she didn’t know, but who needed some assistance that we met in prison.
One of the best lessons I take away as I sit here in Heathrow airport mulling over my last week in the UK, is the gratefulness of a new determination to see Hawai’i implement restorative programs for imprisoned people despite some current state prison administrators and Governor Linda Lingle’s administrative staff who balk at it.
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