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Putting Out the Fire.

Goodwin, Jan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Good Housekeeping. July. 99-100, 102. Downloaded 5 August 2005.

In December 2000, two teenage arsonists destroyed the home of Diane and Bill Pretasky. Both teenagers involved were convicted of the crime. Yet the Pretaskys still could not come to terms with why these two boys would do something so horrible. Diane and Bill were then approached by a Restorative Justice facilitator. Skeptical of Restorative Justice at first, the Pretaskys eventually decided they wanted to confront their teen offenders in a victim/offender conference and ask the questions that had haunted them since the fire. Meeting with both of the boys allowed the Pretaskys to put the arson behind them and move on with their lives. Abstract courtesy of the Marquette University Law School-Restorative Justice Initiative


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