Source: (1998) Yes! Magazine (Fall)

To explore restorative justice concretely in this article, Evers relates the experience of Thomas Ann Hines, mother of Paul Hines, who was murdered in Texas when he was 21 years old. Thomas Ann Hines tells of her grief and anger and desire for the offender to die for his crime. Then, over time and through certain pivotal events, she became involved both in victims’ groups and in advocacy for prisoners. As a part of all of this, she had an intense, emotional dialogue in prison with the person who murdered her son. Evers weaves Hines’s experience with key ideas and practices to build a case for restorative justice as a better way to deal with crime and its effects.