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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

"Restorative Justice" Gaining Popularity
Many crime victims feel traditional justice comes up short. A recent article about Restorative Justice in the Oct. 1 Los Angeles Times presents the alternative, its origins in tribal and biblical teachings, and how restorative justice aims to achieve accountability for crimes in a direct, tangible way—rather than through state penalties—through mediated, face-to-face encounters between victim (or surviving relatives) and offender.

The acclaimed documentary FACING THE DEMONS, one of the first films to introduce this growing practice to the United States, has been hailed as, "Powerful and deeply moving... A very vivid rendering of the complexities and pain flowing out a real crime when put through the lens of a restorative justice effort. Very, very highly recommended!" (Educational Media Reviews Online)

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