Should Restorative Justice Apply to Parole Decisions? Azim Khamisa’s story (11.29.18)-California
RJI shares this story which is well known to many of us who work in the field of restorative justice. It’s the story of a father, Azim Khamisa, who forgave the 14-teen year boy, Tony Hicks, who killed his son, Tariq in 1995.
Tony Hicks was up for parole on November 28 in San Luis Obispo, California. Khamisa, an advocate for restorative justice, supports his Hick’s release and was there at the hearing. This KPBS link tells the story which includes Azim’s relationship with the offender’s grandfather.
RJI has issued statements and written articles nationally, and globally, on the issue of parole of offenders. It is our position that the views of the crime victims and/or their family members should be heard and carry weight when considering the offender’s suitability for parole. This is consistent with restorative justice principles. For those crime victims who have participated directly in a victim offender dialogue the views of the victims should carry more weight. It is the goal of restorative justice to transform the lives of offenders and bring healing, on some level, to the lives of victims and their families. We, thereby, build safer communities.