Accountability to Acceptance
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The traditional model of criminal justice seeks
to punish the offender as it relates to society
and their desire ...
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Restorative justice is a philosophy and practice
based on the idea of taking responsibility for
actions that have hurt ...
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the impact of what their actions have
caused not only the victim, but those left
behind.
It would appear that the fa...
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I recently watched a program called “Mothers
of Murder”. This true crime took place in
Iowa, where the victim was a 15 ...
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Five years after the murder of her
daughter, the mother requested a
meeting with the offender to find
out “why”, he agr...
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This would seem where the story ends, however, in a
strange yet healing turn of events, the mother of the
offender r...
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The Restorative Justice program is a valuable tool
in the healing of those family members, friends
that are left behind...
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Restorative justice

  1. 1. Accountability to Acceptance
  2. 2.    The traditional model of criminal justice seeks to punish the offender as it relates to society and their desire to punish those who have violated to norm. The harm done to the victim is lost in the bureaucratic red tape and their personal fears or ongoing sense of violation are never fully addressed. The restorative model seeks to address the crime on a personal level with the offender and victim, allowing the offender to witness
  3. 3.  Restorative justice is a philosophy and practice based on the idea of taking responsibility for actions that have hurt or harmed someone else and/or yourself. Rather than focus on isolation from the community, restorative justice focuses on meaningful accountability, which includes actively engaging in understanding what harms have been done and how to repair those harms. www.resolutionnorthwest.org
  4. 4.   the impact of what their actions have caused not only the victim, but those left behind. It would appear that the family would be anxious to find out what the root cause of the offenders behavior is that would cause them to committ such a violent crime(usually this process is used for violent offenses, murder, etc.)
  5. 5.  I recently watched a program called “Mothers of Murder”. This true crime took place in Iowa, where the victim was a 15 year old girl who dated a 19 year old boy. Due to his possessiveness and her inability to commit, he decided that if he could not have her, no on would, and ultimately stabbed her a total of 63 times. Two years after the crime was committed, both mothers’ ran into each other in the supermarket with as you can imagine very little eye contact, and even less verbal interaction.
  6. 6.  Five years after the murder of her daughter, the mother requested a meeting with the offender to find out “why”, he agreed and they were able to sit down and get the “hard” questions on the table, with the offender admitting his wrongs and asking for forgiveness. In order for the mother to heal, she had to do this.
  7. 7.   This would seem where the story ends, however, in a strange yet healing turn of events, the mother of the offender requested a meeting with the victims’ mother. They met with a mediator, and the offenders’ mother was able to express her sorrow as well as assuming responsibility of how her son turned out. As you can imagine, the victim’s mother was on the offensive, but she was able to express the loss that she felt and also acknowledge that the offenders’ mother did suffer a loss as well, she will never be able to hold, or see her son outside of prison walls for the rest of her natural life. He received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
  8. 8.  The Restorative Justice program is a valuable tool in the healing of those family members, friends that are left behind. It gives them the message that they are important and their loss truly matters, and not just another statistic to be listed on the police blotter. Offenders need to be held accountable not only to the criminal justice system, but also the victims’ family and friends that would otherwise not know why this was done to their loved one, and offer them an opportunity to put a face to their fear, and seek some sort of closure knowing that more often than not, their loved one had little or nothing to do with their demise.

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