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From Fury to Forgiveness

Jaeger Lane, Marietta
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) In Criminal Justice: Retribution vs. Restoration. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work 23(1/2): 159-172.

This autobiographical piece chronicles the kidnap and subsequent murder of the author’s youngest daughter during a camping vacation in Montana and the author’s spiritual journey from hate to healing. Once the case was resolved, Jaeger Lane relates the impact of this event as a speaking/writing ministry evolved around the issues of forgiveness, reconciliation and advocating for the abolition of the death penalty as a person of faith and as the mother of a murder victim. She ends with her experience of seeing first-hand the success of utilizing restorative justice principles in the rehabilitation of errants and addicts. Author’s abstract.


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