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The Elmira case…and beyond!

Kelly, Russell
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) Reflexions past, present and future. Restorative Justice Week 2010. Correctional Services of Canada.

Who could have imagined that a vandalism spree involving 2 drunken teenagers in 1974 would lead to the restorative processes of today? The effects are widespread indeed; from restorative programs in the justice system, to family group conferencing, to victim-offender mediation, to anti-bullying in schools. The list goes on and on. And to think it all started with a seed planted in 1974 when another offender and myself in the Elmira Case agreed to meet our victims and repair the harm we had caused.(excerpt)


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