Sep 6, 2006

"Restorative justice" [LINK]

Today's letter to the Globe:

The Rev. June Cooper identifies two recent stories as examples of "restorative justice": one about a man sentenced to perform community service after assaulting two women, and another about the effect of a summer job program and increased police enforcement in lowering the city's crime rate for a given month. But for the latter to make sense as restorative justice, the perpetrators of these crimes would be the ones repaying the communities they affected, not the city at large in providing them with increased resources. Identifying the city's response as a matter of basic crime prevention rather than justice should help clarify the matter.

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