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Lisa Rea: Restorative Justice: Restoring Victims and Communities.

Jun 03, 2009

From the article by Lisa Rea and Theo Gavrielides: Victims-driven restorative justice is built on the premise that an offender needs to see the direct impact that his crime had on his victim and on the community, and should be given the opportunity to make amends and seek to provide a form of reparation to those he injured. Through the voluntary participation of both the victim and the offender engaged in an honest and constructive dialogue (i.e. mediation, family group conferencing, circles, etc.) facilitated by trained professionals, the participants benefit from the information exchange.

Advocates of restorative justice argue that it isn’t enough to just “process” offenders in ways that emphasize only the fact that their crime is a crime against the state. Instead, victims are seeking ways to heal while arguing that direct offender accountability will increase the chance that offenders will change their conduct after being released from prison or jail. With the participation of victims in such projects, the victims’ satisfaction with the criminal justice system increases.

 

Read the full article from Freedom From Fear Magazine published online by UNICRI.

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john ngabo
john ngabo says:
Nov 16, 2013 08:48 PM

The healing,and the transformation of both the victim and the offender from fear,vulnerability, and from shame and guilty is through restorative dialogue,apology and reparation from the offender ,that empower and gives satisfaction to the victim.the transformation and healing of the offender comes by the fact that he is heard by the offender and the community,who believes in his potential change.RJ is the justice that satisfies both parties and heals.it is time to formally try it nationally and internationaly

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