Correctional Responses in the Community: Restorative Justice

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    • 00:03

      SPEAKER: Restorative justice has become a huge partof the criminal justice system.This is a movement that leans toward rehabilitationrather than punishment.So the idea behind restorative justiceis to get the victim, the offender, and the communitytogether.We find that this works well in small communities.If you can put the victim and the offender

    • 00:25

      SPEAKER [continued]: together so that they can talk and each understandwhere the other one is, it's particularly importantthat the offender understand what damage was caused.So we may think that vandalism, no big deal.It's easy to paint over graffiti.But it costs the homeowners money.It costs the neighborhood.

    • 00:46

      SPEAKER [continued]: And when the victim starts to understandthat with the offender, it helps reintegrate that personinto the community.In contrast, there's been some talkabout shaming sentencing, where we'redisintegrating the person.For example, having a young lady with a poster board on,

    • 01:09

      SPEAKER [continued]: walking in front of a store, saying, I shoplifted.That's shaming.That's very different than restorative justice.We want to make the community wholeand bring the person-- the offender-- backinto the community without any kind of stigma.One of the things that restorative justice can dois to let the victim have a voice in the process.

    • 01:31

      SPEAKER [continued]: Often, we know that it's the state carrying forwardthe charges.And the victim gets lost in that process,despite the great Bill of Rights we have for victims.If we give voice to the victims, theywill come out of the process feelingbetter about what happened.There's even a movement now in restorative justiceto include violent crimes.

    • 01:53

      SPEAKER [continued]: So a case example is a woman whose son was killed.And the offender was sentenced to prison.There were great strides made in arranging--and it took several years to get to this point--where she could meet with the young man whokilled her son, while he was in prison, and talk to himand get more of a sense of justice for the victim.

Correctional Responses in the Community: Restorative Justice

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Professor Mary Dodge describes restorative justice as a way for offenders to understand the magnitude of their crimes and for communities to reintegrate the offenders. She distinguishes this from shaming.

Correctional Responses in the Community: Restorative Justice

Professor Mary Dodge describes restorative justice as a way for offenders to understand the magnitude of their crimes and for communities to reintegrate the offenders. She distinguishes this from shaming.

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