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Lawmakers Should Give Victims the Right to Meet their Offenders

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.

Rwanda: Gacaca Justice—did it go far enough? Is it 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

Must we take sides? Does restorative justice require us to do so? (en espanol)

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.

Restorative Justice in Kenya

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.

Colorado Victim Chooses Restorative Justice and Meets with Offender

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’s State Sandusky, sexual abuse and restorative justice

Penn State’s Sandusky, sexual abuse and restorative justice June 26, 2012 In the U.S.

Rwanda: is justice complete?

Rwanda “gacaca” genocide courts finish their work according to this news report. http://www.bbc.co.

Montana: restorative justice focuses on the victim

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.

Restorative Justice & Forgiveness

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.

Offenders need to hear from crime victims. Victims need to hear from offenders.

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.