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Ted Wachtel on Nils Christie’s plenary at European Forum

June 25, 2012

He was very good. He talked about the shootings of children that occurred last summer on an island in Norway at a labor party camp and the bombing in Oslo. And he talked about how Norway seems to have become increasingly restorative. The response of the public, instead of for vengeance was one of acknowledgement of harm, of caring for the people whose children were victims and for those who managed to survive.

[Christie] described that the way the courtroom was run actually allowed the offender, however unreasonable he was, to be heard, and also for victims to speak about their feelings even though the offender clearly wasn’t able to hear what other people had to say.


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