Take a look at the link that compares Restorative Justice and Retributive Justice http://www.topekacpj.org/vomp/rest_vs_retr.htm .
I know that Howard Zehr’s writings have evolved and he has reminded us the Restorative and Restributive Models should not be held side by side, one way or the other. The grid I had you linked to, is a way to help understand RJ compared to that model. Right now, RJ is in schools, prisons and works far beyond what the formal system reaches.
WIth my college students, we spent last week’s class with the local prosecutor. He used to be on the SCVRJP board of directors and is fairly familiar with the Restorative Justice process. He actually participated in a community conference/circle, as a community member. I remember he was excited at the end of that, impressed with his contribution to the community. Needless to say, it was interesting for my students to hear more about the formal process and get to know an individual involved/employed in it.
Each student got to ask the Prosecutor questions and I was impressed with the students questions and understanding. I believe that having our class in Circle contributed to the quality of the questions and discussion. The students all feel comfortable with each other and with me.
So at tonights class, I routed around a talking piece and took questions from my students. As a non-profit leader and practioner. Again, I was impressed by the questions. The students had questions about the field, about my motivations and about the Restorative Justice Movement.
The students had the opportunity to experience Restorative Justice all semester. The last few classes were a great comparison of the Retributive Model. It’s always a good reminder for me to work teach these aspects of what Restorative Justice is. The advanced class is next semester and we’ll be taking a deeper look into the current system. Two books arrived in the mail for me, The Limits of the Criminal Sanction and The Crime of Punishment. I’ll keep you posted!