RJI supports a victims right to meet their offenders. We believe lawmakers in the U.S. and around the world should support this action. It is a victims right to restorative justice.
Did gacaca justice work in Rwanda after genocide? Is it restorative justice? Did the process go far enough? Restorative justice processes would hold offenders accountable while urging the restoration and healing, as much as possible, of victims of c
Thank you to RJI member Virginia Domingo (Burgos, Spain) with the Institute for Restorative Justice (Amepax) for this article. Restorative justice is not about taking sides.
Interest in restorative justice is global. This is because crime injures and the traditional justice system(s) does very little to restore victims and communities injured by crime.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21040065/denver-woman-feels-power-restorative-justice-after-son This is an excellent article, well written with the right emphasis and explanation of restorative justice, telling the story of Sharletta Evans.
Penn State’s Sandusky, sexual abuse and restorative justice June 26, 2012 In the U.S.
Rwanda “gacaca” genocide courts finish their work according to this news report. http://www.bbc.co.
Montana gets it. Read this article about restorative justice in the state of Montana. http://helenair.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/restorative-justice-focuses-on-the-victim/article_d065e9fc-6de7-11e1-b664-001871e3ce6c.
I have noticed a new interest in forgiveness vis a vis restorative justice. It is not surprising given the power of forgiveness especially as expressed by victims of violent crime.
I am including the following article I wrote for PFI’s rjonline.org a few years ago. It talks about my experience speaking at a California prison with crime victim/survivor Cheryl Ward-Kaiser.