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.
I wrote this piece some years ago. It is still true today. If you are a victim of abuse we want to hear from you. Restorative Justice must be applied in every case.
The following is TBN’s Lifestyle Magazine’s interview with Lisa Rea, president & founder of RJI, and crime victim/survivor Russ Turner who heads The Candlelight Foundation.