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RJ Article Editor. Video Review: The Amy Wall Story: Dedicated to the Prevention of Drunk Driving
Amy Wall was seventeen years old when she was killed by a drunk driver. Now Amy's younger brother Derrick Wall and Joe Avila, the man who killed Amy, tell the story of her death and the impact that has had on both their lives as a testimony to the tragedies that can happen when people drink and drive. Derrick and Joe met several years after the incident through the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program in Fresno, California, and the meeting brought healing and forgiveness into both of their lives. In this video, they each tell their sides about the incident, their responses to it, the court proceedings and prison, what life was like after sentencing, and how the meeting affected them.
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Restorative justice & restorative mediation
from Julie Speer's blog entry: This past year I’ve had the good fortune of telling several stories related to restorative justice and restorative mediation. Colorado is leading the way with RJ (Restorative Justice), and has gotten a large grant from the Department of Justice to look at how using RJ can decrease the costs to the system. When offenders go through an RJ process, their rate of recidivism is astonishingly low!
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File Bohland, Charlyn. 2008. Restorative Justice: A New Approach to Battling Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Honors Senior Research Project. University of Akron.
The reality of driving under the influence (DUI) is sobering. Over 17,000 people die each year as a result of preventable alcohol-related crashes. While 1.4 million people are arrested for DUI, there are nearly 159 million others who self-confess to DUI each year. Within three years of being arrested, three-fourths of offenders will be rearrested for DUI. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the predictable failure of current criminal justice standards, and the hope and promise of a new wave of justice – restorative. Restorative justice focuses on healing the injustice of the crime through direct person-to-person interaction in several different ways –community reparative boards, family conferences, mediations, and victim impact panels. Research is based on a relatively current compilation of national and international studies regarding DUI cases, criminal justice standards, and restorative justice initiatives. Finally, and most importantly, this project presents an adaptable model for dealing with drunken driving offenders, both first-time and repeat offenders, using restorative measures as an effective means of curbing the number of deaths, decreasing recidivism rates, and drastically reducing the number of DUI cases, all while restoring the victim, offender, and community to its original state before DUI tragedies occur.
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Life sentence in fatal impaired accident 'small victory' for Quebec family
by Lisa Rea Canadian Roger Walsh was convicted and given a life sentence for the killing of Anee Khudaverian while driving drunk in October 2008 in Quebec. Walsh's sentence is noteworthy since this is the stiffest sentence ever handed down by the Crown in the case of a drunk driving death. Walsh had 18 additional convictions on his record for "impaired driving" before the death of this victim. In this news story, along with a television news clip interviewing the victim's mother and sister, we learn that Ms. Khudaverian was wheelchair bound and walking her down on a rural road when she was killed by Walsh.
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Driver, after a terrible wrong, plans to work to make amends
from Aimee Green's article in the Oregonian: When it came down to it, even the defense attorney couldn't mince words. His client was guilty of a truly horrific drunken-driving crash: striking a blind man on the sidewalk, breaking his pelvis and legs in eight places, then driving away. But what made this case different from countless others, Jim O'Rourke said moments before a judge sentenced his client to prison Thursday, was that the Northeast Portland man did everything right after he did something that was so wrong. The judge and the prosecutor agreed.
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Comment Life Sentence for Drunk Driviing Death
I think the sentence was appropriate. I hope they will think carefully before giving this man parole. He has not been able to control himself [...]
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Comment Life Without Parole-Drunk Driving-Loss of Life
Roger Walsch was driving drunk-AGAIN-with 19 impaired driving convictions, his Life sentence was just because he will be eligible for parole in seven years. I [...]
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Comment sentencing inconsistencies in the law
Hello, Linda. Thank you for your comment and question. Do you think it is a fair sentence? I know quite a few people in Colorado [...]
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Comment Justice.
Who decides what is justice? I suspect that the Families affected by these crimes would be better placed to decide what sentences are meted out [...]
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Comment Offenders who take responsibility
This is a great article! This offender was pro-active. He took the first step towards taking responsibility for his actions. This is a key tenet [...]
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