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. With that right comes the opportunity for victims to be restored, as much as possible, after crime—violent or nonviolent crime. Restorative justice also calls for true offender accountability. It is more than setting up a “dialogue” but instead it allows the victim to ask questions, tell the offender the injury the crime caused, and hear the offender take responsibility.
There should be no delay in moving the justice system towards victims-driven, and victims-centered, restorative justice. Take a look at this story from Virginia.