A wise man once said "you can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister" and so the process of making amends has never been easy or very productive. For instance, this blogger has learned that an otherwise enjoyable trip to Burger King never makes up for any misdeeds brought to light by a lady friend.
And so, Kansas City activists have set about to mediate disputes in a manner more effective than the revolving door offered by the justice system that typically only works to create more effective criminals . . .
A definition of terms regarding this process via the source of all human knowledge . . . Google:
"Restorative justice views crime as more than breaking the law – it also causes harm to people, relationships, and the community. So a just response must address those harms as well as the wrongdoing. If the parties are willing, the best way to do this is to help them meet to discuss those harms and how to about bring resolution. Other approaches are available if they are unable or unwilling to meet. Sometimes those meetings lead to transformational changes in their lives."
And so, here's the effort to make that happen in Northeast, take a look:
The Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) is continuing to make strides to bring Restorative Justice to neighborhoods in Kansas City. Mediation Coordinator Debbie Bayless and Executive Director Annette Lantz-Simmons discussed the process compared to the traditional criminal justice process, what makes Restorative Justice different, how it combats crime, and how neighborhoods can get involved to implement this in their communities.
You decide . . .