Can a similar outcome be avoided with the restorative justice movement? I don’t know the answer, but I do think the likelihood of such unintended consequences might be reduced if restorative justice can encourage a dialogue about our needs, obligations, values and goals.

One way to pursue this discussion might be by sharing our stories with one another. Rather than sharing our positions and beliefs, we might share the stories that have shaped our lives and thinking. Stories can be a powerful way to understand and connect with one another that moves us beyond the assumptions that we often make about the other.

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