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Restorative Justice – Lessons in Empathy and Connecting People

Prashaw, Rick
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. Spring. Downloaded 14 January 2005.

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) is a Canadian coalition of faith-based individuals and churches advocating for a more humane way to practice criminal justice. Rick Prashaw is the communications and youth justice coordinator of the CCJC. As Prashaw notes, the CCJC has sought to help the Canadian public pay attention to the human dimension of justice on many levels. In particular, the CCJC has focused on the application of restorative justice principles and practices to criminal justice and youth justice. In this regard, Prashaw discusses various issues from a restorative perspective: the question of public naming of youth offenders; the importance of relationships and empathy with respect to young offenders; and seeking healing for victims, offenders, families, and communities in the wake of crime. To illustrate all of this, Prashaw sketches a number of stories from the work of the CCJC of trying to respond restoratively to those involved in and affected by crime.


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