Lisa Rea: Restorative Justice: Restoring Victims and Communities.
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
Read the full article from Freedom From Fear Magazine published online by UNICRI.