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May his gifts enrich his healing!
For sure, Nancy, Greg and the family have our continued prayers as you take your beloved brother home for the loving care he will continue [...]
My brother Greg Wilhoit
Lisa, thank you so much for your thoughtful, inspiring article about my brother Greg Wilhoit and for faithfully visiting him and boosting his spirits. I [...]
Greg Wilhoit
Thanks, Lisa, for an excellent column and for a humane understanding of Greg's situation. I've known Greg for years and he is a truly remarkable [...]
Death penalty
some people think the death penalty is meant for criminals,that is wrong any body can be a victim of Wrongful conviction or death penalty.we should [...]
Several Key Components to this case & others
As I read this brief summary regarding the plight Mr. Wilhoit has endured, several key components come readily to mind that affected his case and [...]
wrongful convictions & Greg Wilhoit
I was so glad to see these excellent comments after my blog entry on the story of Greg Wilhoit. What many do not know is [...]
Greg Wilhoit
How can the US claim to call itself a moral, civilized society and a "world leader" when we all too often incarcerate innocent people just [...]
Greg
I met his sister in ICU at Mercy in Sacramento on Feb. 25th. We asked what was going on with her situation as our rather [...]
God Bless Greg
I hope and Pray that Greg gets well really soon. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and his friends. I am sending [...]
Greg Wilhoit
This is an excellent article. It shows what happens when our justice system wrongfully and casually discards its mistakes after ruining the lives of these [...]
prison
God bless Greg Wilhoit
Greg Wilhoit: The story of an innocent man
by Lisa Rea I have a friend whose name is Greg Wilhoit. His story is a remarkable one. He is an exoneree who was freed from death row in Oklahoma after having served time for a crime he did not commit. He was convicted and sent to death row for the killing of his wife. The only incriminating "evidence" which convicted Greg Wilhoit was teeth marks found on the victim's body. Dental "experts" said the teeth marks matched Greg's. His story is on the website of The Journey of Hope: Greg is active with the Journey, as are many exonerees, as he tells his story of America's broken criminal justice system.
The Monitor's View: Seattle cop-killer case – the exception, not the rule
from the Christian Science Monitor's editorial: The case of the ambush and killing of four police officers in a coffee shop near Seattle on Sunday is exceptionally troubling – emphasis on exceptionally. Four police officers shot, execution-style. Their families struggle to recover as they mourn. The suspect, Maurice Clemmons – released from jail just days before the ambush, despite a long history of violent crime and known mental problems. After a massive manhunt, he's dead, too, shot early Tuesday by a policeman investigating a stolen car. The extraordinary nature of this crime is why it's captured the nation's attention. But it's also a reason for caution. High-profile crimes have a tendency to rank emotion over reason when it comes to the criminal justice system.
Hagemann, Otmar. Restorative justice in prison?
According to Ottmar Hagemann, programs that could be classified as forms of restorative justice are currently being implemented in prisons in various countries. In this vein, Belgium has recently introduced what are called restorative justice consultants. One works in every prison in Belgium. Yet, inquires Hagemann, is the concept of restorative justice compatible with imprisonment? Hagemann explores the question by discussing abolitionism (advocacy for the elimination of prisons in favor of alternative forms of conflict resolution), restorative justice and abolitionism, the scope of restorative justice in terms of what crimes are and can be addressed, empirical evidence with respect to an in-prison program focusing on offender empathy for victims, and links between restorative justice theory and actual practice in prison settings.
Cilliers, C. H. and Khoza, V. I. and Michell, L. J. and Potgieter, P. J.. Correctional Officers' Perceptions of Restorative Justice
The contemporary criminal justice model has focused heavily on retribution and on the punitive punishment of offenders. Shifts have been occurring in this dominant criminal justice ideology that push for more restorative models of justice, which involve the active participation of the offender, victim, and community in restoring justice to all parties. An integral part of this process is the acceptance of responsibility by the offender. The current study assessed how correctional officers at seven correctional centers in South Africa perceive aspects of restorative justice. Participants were 401 arbitrarily selected correctional officers, representing all ranks, who completed a closed, structured questionnaire that probed perceptions of restitution, restoration between the offender and victim, rehabilitation, and prison overcrowding. Results are delineated based on gender and rank of responding correctional officer. Overall, the findings suggest support for a restorative justice model, particularly the aspects of monetary compensation for crime victims and the rendering of services by offenders to communities impacted by their offenses. Results also indicate that correctional officers believe a restorative justice model can reduce recidivism and reduce prison overcrowding. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.org.
Biermans, Nadia. Restorative justice and the prison system
For about two years now, Nadia Biermans, along with others, has been trying to apply restorative justice ideas and practices in Flemish prisons. Based on her experiences, in this paper she raises some questions and makes certain observations about restorative justice in the prison system. She begins by explaining how restorative justice in Belgian prisons began and how it is organized. This leads to discussion of the question of whether restorative justice has a place in prison, the issue of educating and persuading the wider public about restorative justice, and successful ingredients for introducing restorative justice in prisons.
Penal Reform International. Draft diagram of problems
A poster simplifying the issues surrounding overcrowding in prisons.
Johnstone, Gerry. Restorative Justice and the Practice of Imprisonment.
This paper explores the implications of these tenets for the practice of imprisonment. One implication seems clear: restorative justice, by putting in question a core belief underlying the practice of imprisonment, raises serious questions about the validity of the practice. More recently, however, restorative justice advocates have become more interested in reforming the practice of imprisonment in line with the principles of restorative justice. This development is controversial within the restorative justice movement, with many advocates arguing that restorative justice is best pursued, ‘not as a policy of prison reform but as an alternative to prison’ (Guidoni, 2003: 66). This paper will examine the arguments of those who are sceptical about ‘restorative prison’ projects. (excerpt)
Dhami, Mandeep K. and Fox, Darrell and Mantle, Greg. Restorative justice in prisons
Restorative Justice (RJ) has found significant utility outside the prison setting. For many reasons, it has not received the same level of consideration inside the institution...Although RJ has the potential to have a positive impact on the work of prisons and the experience of imprisonment, it has not found wide acceptance and is currently limited to a relatively small number of prisons and then often only delivered in partial platforms. We believe that RJ has a realistic future in prison settings and that the contradictions that may be identified are not debilitating. (Excerpt)

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