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Offenders and their children

March 9, 2010

First, such a system would reserve incarceration for those offenders who pose a threat to the community. However, where incarceration is used, restorative values can influence the environment in a way that promotes healing and rehabilitation (see this programme from Brazil).  Such an approach would include fostering pro-social relationships both with community and family members. This would mean:

Secondly, work with offenders who are not incarcerated would also consider the impact of sanctions or obligations on the offender’s family. This might mean:

These are just some thoughts off the top of my head and I’m sure there is much more that could be added. I do want to note that these considerations do not trump the needs of victims or the role or rights in a restorative system. However, I do think that a restorative system would incorporate these broader concerns into responses so as not to create more harm.


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