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Restorative justice in victim services
In this six minute YouTube video, Wendy Cohen describes her decision to meet with the mother and brother of the young man that murdered her daughter in 2003. Cohen describes wanting the other mother to see who her son killed and how important she was to everyone.
In describing the meeting, Cohen recounts the scepticism of both sides as the meeting began. She goes on to describe the asking of questions and sharing of tears.
In describing restorative justice and its impact in her life, Cohen says the system needs to change to allow the process at all levels of offending.
Jodi Cadman finds peace after forgiving man who murdered her brother
From the article by Cheryl Chan in The Province:
Jodi Cadman still recalls hanging up the phone in shock.
She had just been told that the man who stabbed her 16-year-old brother to death almost two decades previously wanted to get in touch.
"You literally get a phone call out of the blue saying, 'Would you like to receive a letter from the person who murdered your family member?'" Jodi says. "I was pretty shocked."
You are forgiven: Family reunites with castaway son
From the article in the Solomon Star:
“YOU are my son again” was the statement the son and the audience were waiting to hear.
George Topou, has been waiting hopelessly to hear that statement from his father’s mouth, and it did emotionally assemble tears in everyone’s eyes, when John Tepala screamed them out loud with tears yesterday.
Topou is a prisoner who is the ninth to reconcile with his victim and family members through the Sycamore Tree project.
My 19 year old Son David was killed at the hands of a drunk driver on July 19th 2009. :(
He was a Track and Field star here in Colorado Springs at the collegiate level and high school level. As a freshman in college he broke 9 school records, and in his senior year in high school he broke a 30-year record at the 5A State meet in the 200 meters.
I raised him on my own and he was my best buddy, an old soul. He kept all his medals in a shoebox underneath his bed. Very humble...
Oct 13, 2010 Story