Source: (2001) Clergy Journal. April. 10-11.

A Methodist pastor in Minnesota, Darcie Miller is committed to teaching and practicing restorative justice. Here she recounts a personal story of the significance of a restorative approach to crime. The crime consisted of vandalism of the Millers’ home when they were on vacation. The vandalism was committed by youth from their neighborhood – youth who were friends of the Millers’ daughter and who had been specifically asked to care for the Millers’ house and pets during the vacation. Darcie Miller tells of her family’s reaction to the crime, the police response, and eventual mediation between her family and one of the young offenders – and the positive personal and relational outcome of the mediation.