I’ve been engaged in a running reflection on that sweet spot of the restorative justice approach: ‘doing with.’
(Peace Circle at the California Chowchilla Prison for Women) Things go wrong in prison. That’s a given. The wrongdoing ranges from the minor (tobacco contraband, for example) to the most serious (such as rape and murder). Prisons are overcrowded, hot, and volatile places, where intimidation and violence are the norm. For egregious violations, prison officials […]
I have often felt that any law that bears the name of a victim of crime is probably bad public policy. I suspect that this informal rule of thumb can be broadened to include any legislation that is written out of either fear or anger.