Source: (2001) Clergy Journal. April. 10-11.
A Methodist pastor in Minnesota, Darcie Miller is committed to teaching and practicing restorative justice. Here she recounts a personal story of the significance of a restorative approach to crime. The crime consisted of vandalism of the Millersâ€™ home when they were on vacation. The vandalism was committed by youth from their neighborhood â€“ youth who were friends of the Millersâ€™ daughter and who had been specifically asked to care for the Millersâ€™ house and pets during the vacation. Darcie Miller tells of her familyâ€™s reaction to the crime, the police response, and eventual mediation between her family and one of the young offenders â€“ and the positive personal and relational outcome of the mediation.
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