New York Times article shows why restorative justice is needed
from the entry by Lorenn Walker on Restorative Justice & Other Public Health Approaches for Healing:
The February 5, 2012 New York Times article by Kovaleski et al, For Killers’ Families, Struggles With Shame, Silence and Fear http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/us/killers-families-left-to-confront-fear-and-shame.html?ref=us shows why we need restorative justice.
The article describes how family members are also harmed by their loved one’s criminal behavior. It shows the need for restorative interventions that can help many families deal with the harm they suffer.
The article describes how lawyer Nader Hasen, whose cousin is the psychiatrist from Ft. Hood who shot and killed people, met with one of the murdered victim’s relatives. Today the two are working to prevent similar horrors.
Our mainstream justice system largely ignores the needs of those harmed by crime and instead mainly focuses on identifying and punishing people who commit crimes.
Read the whole entry.