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A Story of Community Conferencing

June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Restorative Justice Week 2002 Resource Kit. Ottawa, Ontario: Restorative Justice and Dispute Resolution Branch, Correctional Services Canada.

This paper is a resource tool for people to reflect upon the needs of victims of crime in relation to restorative justice values and processes. To aid this reflection, an actual crime from Calgary, Alberta, is described from the perspective of the victims. A family’s home was broken into and vandalized while the family was on vacation. The story recounts the family’s feelings upon their return and discovery of the break in, the police handling of the crime, and a community conference (mediated by Calgary Community Conferencing) between the perpetrator and the victims to address the crime and its effects. The questions posed by this event and paper concern the integrity of restorative justice values and the involvement of crime victims in restorative justice processes.


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