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Restorative justice and restorative discipline

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 28, 2012 9:46 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, February 29:

In our society, when a law or rule has been broken, the offender is punished. Ideally, the rule or lawbreaker accepts the punishment, learns from it and uses it as motivation to never offend again. Sometimes it works, but other times it doesn't.

Research over the past decade shows that 43%-66% of former prison inmates are re-arrested for breaking the law again within three years after being released from prison.

Many would say those statistics alone indicate punishment alone is not the answer.

On Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk we'll discuss a theory called restorative justice or on another level, restorative discipline. Restorative justice and discipline seek to repair the harm done by the offender and usually involves victims, the community (in some cases a school) and mediation. It could mean the offender taking responsibility for their actions, apologizing, or paying restitution.

Is restorative justice or discipline effective?

Tune in Wednesday's program to learn more.

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