Governments have an interest in restorative justice because it generates significant benefits to society. – Policy Options

by pmnationtalk on April 19, 201871 Views

April 19, 2018

The trial is over, the sentence was handed down months ago, but Jeanne (not her real name) still doesn’t feel the closure she had been hoping for since the whole ordeal began. Many unanswered questions remain, and she agonizes over them every day. Why her? Why did this man decide to violate her intimate space? Her distress is isolating her, because she feels nobody understands her. Her friends try to reassure her as best they can. The legal process has followed its course, and her aggressor has been sentenced. So why are this individual’s motives still being questioned? Isn’t all of that finished?

Then there are members of certain Indigenous communities who live in the hope of regaining some measure of peace. They want to rebuild positive relationships among themselves despite the violence, abuse and isolation they have been experiencing for ages, generation after generation. There must be a way for them to express their suffering and take steps toward healing, without having everything come crashing down.

Antoine (not his real name) has been serving his sentence for the last two years. Though he takes part in a social rehabilitation program, he is convinced that once he is released, he will be shunned on account of his criminal record. His family no longer visits him. They are fed up of all the trouble he has caused. He has never offered any apologies for the crimes he committed, whether to his victims or to the people close to him. He is wondering what the future holds and what his role will be in society.

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