Posts Tagged ‘victim of crime’

crimeRestore the Victim. Though I’ve spent my life trying to restore inmates, the perpetrators of crime, I’ve paid little attention to the victims of crime. This is wrong. As I watch TV and listen to those who’ve lost a loved one, to those who’ve been robbed, I know that we are not even close to “restoring the victim.”

I’m new to this area of concern, but it seems to me that there should be a lot of people helping the victim. Many people involve themselves with the offender, judges, lawyers, clerks, prison officials, parole officers etc. Who helps the victim? No one. Where are the counselors for victims? Where are those who would help with financial losses? Where are those who help the victims see clearly?

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Victim of Crime

Ruining another family does not restore the victim’s family.

TV and the media have it all wrong. “Are you satisfied with the verdict?” That’s a common question the media asks. Why don’t they ask the victim how they’re doing?

Organizations which call for longer sentences remind me of the old, sad proverb that violence begets violence. How about helping other victims? How about getting to the causes of crime, poverty, lack of education, lack of opportunity etc.

abused womanVictims of crime have been neglected. That’s not right.

I strongly believe that our entire justice system needs to be revamped on the principles of restorative justice.

 

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Restorative JusticeI’m not a legal student, but I often wonder if something isn’t wrong with our system of law, which we inherited from the British. Our criminal trials are often lengthy discussions of the law and arguments about the facts. What we don’t consider is the harm to the victim or getting the offender on the right path or restoring confidence to the general public.

I know, I know we pay lip service to these things, but what real help do we give the family whose home has been invaded and trashed? “The insurance will take care of it,” we say. That’s nonsense. Do we provide counseling services for as long as they’re needed to the family of someone murdered? Do we provide for a widow’s future?

And the offender. The British system says, “Put him in a cage for twenty years.” That helps nobody. Our prisons are crime schools and warehouses.

We in the public have the right to live in peace. We shouldn’t have to fear for our safety or that our homes are going to be broken into. The judicial process should also be about restoring the community to good health.

Restorative justice has it right: Restore the victim, the offender and the community.restorative justice

 

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