Driving While Intoxicated: Restorative Justice vs. Punitive Punishment

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    • 00:04

      CHRIS: The difference between the first timethat I was arrested for a DWI and the ROC program,was pretty significant.The first time that I was offered any type of probation,it was just a punitive example of when you're arrested,you done something wrong.And it's all a matter of violations,

    • 00:25

      CHRIS [continued]: restrictions of freedom.There's no opportunity for you to understand or learnwhat you did wrong.And do you have any relationship to not doing it again?And so the ROC program really offers you the opportunityto get some counseling and understand

    • 00:45

      CHRIS [continued]: why I did something wrong.And for that manner, do I want to get better at it?And that's actually what they focus onis your own taking personal responsibility for the crimethat you've committed.And Restorative Justice, I think,is focusing on whether or not youhave the capability of taking that responsibility

    • 01:07

      CHRIS [continued]: and doing something with it, so that youcan come back into society and not commit that crime again.The first time that I got a DWI and I was convicted of it,I was resentful.I felt like I'm just going to get through this,

    • 01:28

      CHRIS [continued]: and I could screw the police.And I could do what I wanted with drinking and drivingas long as I didn't get caught.After I entered into the ROC program,I really started to see what the purpose of notdrinking and driving was all about, whichis pretty significant.When you asked me about whether or not the Restorative JusticeProgram is going to help you not commit the crime again,

    • 01:50

      CHRIS [continued]: I have to say that the answer is significantly yes.I find myself 2 and 1/2 years later really living the lessonsthat I learned, almost on a daily basis,about how I feel about the law and how I feel about my own--

    • 02:12

      CHRIS [continued]: how do I say this-- how I feel about the lawand what I feel like I did to abuse the law.The Restorative Justice Program reallydoes help you to identify what you've done wrong.And it's not a slap on the hand.I have to say that it is no less difficult in any way

    • 02:36

      CHRIS [continued]: than serving straight time in jail.And actually, serving straight time in jailcan be a lot easier, because you are not asked toor forced to take a look at your own personal responsibility,and also just doing some soul searchingand find out what caused you to committhis crime in the first place.So the purpose of the Restorative Justice Program

    • 02:56

      CHRIS [continued]: is really pushing you, and not just pushing you.They're holding your own freedomsthere waiting for you to take responsibilityfor your actions, and to find out why you did that.And for me, committing this low level, somewhat low levelcrime, because I never hurt anybody,it was really important for me to figure out why I did this

    • 03:18

      CHRIS [continued]: so that I didn't do it again.And it was helpful.And I did figure out why.

Driving While Intoxicated: Restorative Justice vs. Punitive Punishment

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Chris Farias discusses his experience with restorative justice after a DWI.

Driving While Intoxicated: Restorative Justice vs. Punitive Punishment

Chris Farias discusses his experience with restorative justice after a DWI.

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