Criminal Justice

Restorative Justice

June 12, 2012
Courteney Harris

Restorative Justice
Can justice be found in settling crimes between one another instead of through the justice system?   Is there restorative justice beyond breaking and entering?   Some people will think that it is a good route to go.   It can be a good way of rehabilitation rather than incarceration.
Restorative justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offense come together to resolve collectively how to deal with the after math of the offense and its implications for the future (Siegel, Schmalleger, & Worrall, 2011). In the case Ed and David who broke into the home of an individual by name of Mildred, restorative justice was accomplished to avoid any actual prison time. In the restorative justice, group circles where utilized to help in the actual process and to figure out what could of or what was the cause of the crime. Before restorative justice even occurs, the case has to go to an adversarial court. When cases go to adversarial court, victims have the right to have lawyer’s present evidence and to make arguments during preceding (Van Ness, 2009).
Let’s recap on what occurred on one afternoon in a neighborhood in RJ City. Two young men by the names of Ed and David broke into a lady’s house, whose name is Mildred, and took many valuables. Of all the valuables one such item, a pocket watch, was the most valuable to her. In the process of stealing Ed and David never even thought about the repercussions that this would have in the community or how people may feel. When Mildred returned home and noticed her house had been broken into, she contacted the police. When the officer arrived on scene and all was clear to enter the house, which is when she discovered that items had been stolen from her bedroom. Two weeks later the police arrested two individuals from a tip they had received about the burglary. Ed the 19 year old had a criminal record and denied having...