Everybody knows that our criminal justice system is dysfunctional in many ways.
Despite paying lip service to victims, the current system does practically nothing for them and focuses almost entirely on punishing offenders.
Despite paying lip service to – QUOTE “corrections” UNQUOTE, the current system does NOT correct behavior, but merely punishes it.
Jails and prisons diminish the inmates’ ability to live civilly, brutalize them, and turn them into hardened criminals.
The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s April 2010 TV program explores “Restorative Justice” – a totally fresh alternative to our criminal justice system. We also explore applying similar “Restorative Practices” to other aspects of our society, including schools, workplaces, and families.
Our two guests have tremendous expertise in “Restorative Justice” and “Restorative Practices.” Paul McCold started working on Restorative Justice soon after the early leaders laid the groundwork. He’s a Ph.D. criminologist and a research scholar active since 1993. Beth Rodman has done a lot of studying and experimenting with implementation of Restorative Practices in other settings. Both Paul and Beth worked 10 or 11 years for the International Institute for Restorative Practices.
To watch the interview, CLICK HERE.
To read a .pdf document that summarizes what we said during the interview, CLICK HERE.
I highly recommend books by Howard Zehr to learn more about Restorative Justice.
Also, you can contact me for additional resources.