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Perhaps surprisingly, restorative justice has been used extensively between murderers and the survivors of those they killed. On most occasions, restorative processes take place long after a sentence has been imposed, because of the length of time required for the survivors to become ready for this form of intervention. These articles describe and discuss this use of restorative justice.

Parents of Chris Donovan, murdered in Ewell in 2001, back Restorative Justice Week
from the article by Chris Caulfield in the Surrey Comet: The parents of an 18-year-old murdered in the street have spent Restorative Justice Week telling school children how even the smallest decisions can have an enormous impact on people's lives. Chris Donovan was beaten unconscious while walking home through Ewell with his brother Phil after a night out in 2001.
Meeting with a killer
In this 45 minute video, Linda White and her granddaughter talk about the murder of Linda's daughter in 1986 and their decision to meet with the offender. It describes the preparation process for each and what the process meant for them.
Restorative justice is the heart of nonviolent change
from the entry by Ken Butigan on ZNet: We’re so trained in the art and science of retribution that it’s sometimes hard to get a fix on what restorative justice is. I got a clue several years ago when my colleague Cynthia Stateman shared the following story. Cynthia was very close to her Uncle John. He was a doctor in their hometown, and when she was growing up she would often make the rounds with him visiting the sick. He was the town’s first African-American physician, and had built a clinic that served sharecroppers and mill workers. One night, years later, Cynthia got a call from a cousin telling her that her uncle had been killed by a young white man intent on robbing his clinic. The assailant had shoved her 75-year-old uncle against a wall. He fell, gasped for breath — and then suddenly died. The would-be robber phoned 911 but then ran for it, only to be quickly captured. Cynthia immediately flew home to be with her family.
Atlantic Article
Mr Fisher's article is very interesting. However I believe this is an appropriate response to its shortfalls:[…]oo-soft-or-are-we-too-harsh
A different justice: Why Anders Breivik only got 21 years for killing 77 people
from the article by Max Fisher on The Atlantic: Although Breivik will likely be in prison permanently -- his sentence can be extended -- 21 years really is the norm even for very violent crimes. The much-studied Norwegian system is built on something called restorative justice. Proponents of this system might argue that it emphasizes healing: for the victims, for the society, and, yes, for the criminal him or herself.
Angel Ruelas pleads guilty to murder of Pacific Grove teen
from the story by Virginia Hennessey for the Mercyr News: The brother of murder victim Kristopher Eric Olinger and the man who unexpectedly admitted killing the Monterey High School student hope to find some peace as part of the "restorative justice" program. Angel Ruelas' plea Tuesday was a stunning development that came nearly 15 years after Olinger's horrific murder, six years after the defendant's arrest and moments before a pool of prospective jurors were brought into the courtroom for trial.
Marietta Jaegar Lane's story: experiencing healing after violent crime
Marietta, thank you for telling your incredible story. I had heard of you for so many years, Marietta, but until I heard you tell your [...]
Death Penalty vs. Restorative Justice
I am a believer in the healing power and restorative justice of forgiveness, although I readily admit that when my little girl was kidnapped, I [...]
religion or restorative justice?
It's not hard for me to remember that we were human long before religion entered the pictured and I'd like to share my non-religious view [...]
I agree with Patti...Who are any of you to attack Dr. Petit for not being able to forgive the ANIMALS who RAPED, TORTURED and MURDERED [...]
Will it go 'round in circles?
from Stanley B. Chambers, Jr's article in the Durham News: Even as a 70-year-old grandmother, Daisy Waring admits she's still learning about herself. This lesson, though, comes at a high price. Her grandson, Byron Lamar Waring, is on death row for the 2005 Raleigh stabbing death of Lauren Redman. No one talks about it in her small town of Eutawville, S.C. So she kept her sadness and depression bottled up. She felt alone. Waring first learned about healing circles while attending a conference in 2007 for those like her. The tradition has been used for centuries to resolve conflict and make important community decisions. Healing circles have helped Waring so much that she travels to Durham every December for an event sponsored by the Capital Restorative Justice Project. "It really helped me to grow because I really felt empty," Waring said. "Cried all the time. When I leave them, I have hope that it's going to be all right. "It's an ongoing thing, but every day it gets better, and I'm learning to cope from it."
Let god provide the mercy & let man provide the justice (death penalty).
death penalty vs restorative justice
Holier than Thou? I am a Christian. Jesus teaches us to forgive, forgive, forgive, and to forgive another 487 times. This is because by then [...]
death penalty vs restorative justice
I respect the deeply held convictions that survivors of homicide (and others, of course) hold on the death penalty, life without parole and so forth. [...]
death penalty and restorative justice
Patti, I appreciate hearing your views. Anytime there is a discussion about the death penalty there are strong views expressed especially among crime victims. But [...]
death penalty vs restorative justice
As the mother of a murder victim I am disturbed by Abigail’s “holier than thou” attitude towards Dr. Petit's bravery in stating that he is [...]
death penalty vs restorative justice
Aba Gayle is right on. Thank you for sharing and for your leadership in helping others to healing through forgiveness. Bill
death penalty vs restorative justice
It is good to see this comment from Aba Gayle. What some don't know, and she did not share, is that she is a victim [...]
death penalty vs restorative justice
Dr. Petit is waiting for the death penalty to do what? heal his pain? bring justice? in revenge for such senseless and cruel murders? The [...]
how much say should crime victims have?
Dan, this is a very important topic to look at. Does the criminal justice system listen to some victims of crime and not others? Often, [...]

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A long-time repeat offender describes the impact of meeting with his victims.