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Victim Compensation/Restitution

Restorative justice underscores the need for victims' harms to be repaired to the extent possible. Compensation and restitution are two ways this may be done.

Compensating victims of crime
from the report published by Justice Fellowship: Restorative Justice recognizes that crime harms people. Though most people affected by crime are never able to fully reclaim what was taken, victim compensation funds are a tool used within our criminal justice system to advance the much needed value of assisting victims and survivors of crime. Unfortunately, very little of the billions of dollars placed within these funds goes directly to victims and survivors of crime. This report is an extensive overview of victim compensation funds and highlights some concerns and provides some suggestions for reform.
On the defensive: The need for restorative justice
from the article by Anthony Cotton on The Wisconsin Law Journal: In 1993, the Wisconsin Constitution was amended to give crime victims certain privileges. Those privileges include, but are not limited to, restitution, compensation, the right to confer with the prosecution and the right to speak at sentencing.
Building on the One Fund: Victim centered restorative justice for survivors of violent crime
from the entry by Noam Schimmel on Huffington Post: In an outpouring of support, millions of dollars have been raised to help support victims of the Boston marathon attacks and their families. To date, more than 32 million dollars have been raised from individuals, foundations, and corporations by The One Fund.... Victim centered restorative justice - such as that provided by the One Fund - seeks to provide maximal support and rehabilitation to victims of crime.
More meditations on restorative justice
from the entry by kario on The Writing Life: ….It wasn't until I saw my molester as a human being that I began to heal my own profound wounds. I spent years in therapy, took lots of different anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants, started yoga, and came to a better place, but the REAL freedom from pain came when I forgave him. Not in person (I don't honestly even know if he is alive today), but in my heart. That doesn't mean that I don't still feel the impact of his behavior in my life and it doesn't mean I would have the courage to meet him face-to-face if I had the opportunity, although I hope I would. It means that I acknowledge that he made a big mistake and, as a human being, he was entitled to do that. It doesn't mean that he is absolved of any wrongdoing, especially since I suspect he molested lots of other children as well, but it means that I don't feel as though I can pass judgment on him and his life. I certainly don't believe he deserves to be killed for his actions, although I did for many, many years.
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Chickens and chats form basis of new prison life
from the entry on This is Corwall: ...."It may sound gimmicky, because this is supposed to be a prison and a place of punishment, but the people I'm charged with looking after are some of the most troubled and troublesome members of society," he said. "Their individual backgrounds are horrendous in terms of not having a father figure, and a lack of education and the opportunities that you and I experienced." Through treating prisoners with "decency" and giving back a sense of respect, staff are already seeing a drop in incidents of bullying and drug abuse. A large number of prisoners have volunteered to sign up to a scheme to donate a small weekly sum to the Victim Support Service.
Restorative justice provides new path for prisoners
from the article by Jesse Bishop in the Misourian: ....This is no television prison. There is no guard or glass wall. There are no handcuffs or restraints, just a couple of cameras and a conversation. A conversation about where they came from, why they’re here, but most importantly a conversation about where they’re going. It’s a path with few options. “On the other side of that door, it’s either hell or redemption,” Baumgardner says. “You choose.” “That door” leads to the bowels of Jefferson City Correctional Center, a maximum security prison. Starr, Baumgardner and King have all chosen the latter path. Hell is what got them here. Restorative Justice offers them a chance to change that.
Increasing restitution for crime victims: A toolkit
from the entry by Jeanette Moll on Right on Crime: The National Center for Victims of Crime recently released a “Restitution Toolkit,” which provides state agencies and external organizations information on instituting or furthering restitution opportunities for crime victims. The information is in-depth and comprehensive, including:
rita davis on Victims' advocate says more energy should be invested in restitution programs
Rita, I think you are right that victims should receive restitution and ideally those monies would be paid by the offender. By the offender paying [...]
rita davis on Victims' advocate says more energy should be invested in restitution programs
Every state should implement this policy. Arizona has stated charging a $25 fee per person to visit a prisoner. They intend to use this money [...] on Victims' advocate says more energy should be invested in restitution programs
Thank you for posting this. Restitution is very important to crime victims. Not only should offenders pay restitution, when ordered, but the justice system should [...]
Victims' advocate says more energy should be invested in restitution programs
from Michael McKiernan's article on Legal Feeds: Justice systems in the North should invest more energy in developing restitution processes that work, according to a leading Canadian victims’ advocate. Irvin Waller, a professor at the University of Ottawa and the president of the International Organization for Victim Assistance, was a speaker at Justice for All: A Comparison of the Crime Victims’ Rights in the U.S. and Canada, put on by the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice section this morning.
Restorative justice and large organizations as victims
from the entry on Mediation Services -- Thinking Out Loud: One of the ongoing challenges we face here at Mediation Services is how to meaningfully involve corporations and large businesses in the restorative justice process. The process is relatively clear when there is an offender and a victim – or even when there are multiple victims and/or offenders. Individuals have needs and interests and a mediator works to bring people together for meaningful and fruitful exchange. Of course, every situation is unique and demands an “out of the box” thinking in order to make any process effective for the participants. But when the “victim” is a large corporation, there are at least two unique challenges for a mediator to address:
Victims' Commissioner highlights financial costs for families in the aftermath of murder
from the blog entry on Justice: Families who have lost loved ones under terrible circumstances are facing costs of £37,000 on average as they struggle to pick up the pieces, according to figures released today.
clergy abuse and restorative justice
Thank you for your comments, Katie. You are right that cases of molestation of children happen in many venues---sadly. I continue to work for restorative [...]
California needs to back restorative justice
Thank you for this story. This is a sad and somewhat hidden fact. It's time for justice reform in California. Restorative justice policies would seek [...]
California's victims restitution fund running on empty
from the article by Jim Miller in The Press-Enterprise: California's fund to help victims of crime is teetering on insolvency, with state officials this week scheduled to consider several cost-cutting moves to keep the account from going broke by next year. The state restitution fund is the payer of last resort for crime victims and the oldest such program in the country. It has covered more than $2 billion worth of doctor's bills, burial costs and other expenses from hundreds of thousands of claims since it began in 1965. ....Victims advocates point to other causes for the fund's troubles: money taken by other parts of state government.
Abuse in L.A.
 I am a practicing Catholic, and those of us who remain so, have long ago wanted Roger Mahoney to be dismissed as our Bishop and [...]
A lesson in manners
from the editorial in Aldergrove Star: The following is a letter written by a few teenagers, who recently used Facebook to hurt someone, intentionally. Having the letter printed in the local paper, The Agassiz Harrison Observer, is one way they are working on their restitution, through Chilliwack's Restorative Justice Program. We have chosen to run the letter in its entirety. By law, the teens cannot be named.
Monetary relief for rape victims soon
from Himanshi Dhawan's article in The Times of India: A week after the Union Cabinet gave its nod to a gender empowering legislation that will protect women from sexual harassment at the workplace, another landmark scheme — to provide financial aid to rape victims — could soon be a reality. Decks have been cleared to provide rape victims or their legal heirs with financial aid to ensure "restorative justice" in the form of legal and medical assistance, shelter, counselling and other support services.

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