....What happened in South Africa was an example of "restorative justice," a concept that has roots spreading to ancient Greece and, on this continent, to the Native Americans.

It effectively dealt with apartheid. Let's use it to help deal with doping in sports.

Take baseball as an example.

Thom Allena, a New Mexico-based authority on restorative justice who spends much of his time working with hard-core juvenile criminals, says baseball, like every other major sport, uses "the traditional punishment system" and it is adversarial.

"It's about who did what. How can we punish them? How do we make it hurt?" he says. "Sometimes this is necessary. Sometimes there's a better way. . . . A restorative approach asks who has been harmed. What has the harm been? It asks the accused, the victims, the people around them -- how do you feel about what happened? And finally, how do we go about repairing the damage?"

Remember 10 years ago, when UCLA football players sparked outrage by using forged signatures to procure disabled parking placards? Allena was called in. He brought all sides together in a room and got them to open up. It wasn't perfect, it was often emotional and hard but healing happened. Allena says burly athletes and disabled students ended up working together to promote disabled rights on campus.....

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