Vanguard Court Watch Podcast Episode 2 – Lisa Rea – Restorative Justice

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Lisa Rea is the president and founder of Restorative Justice International (RJI). RJI is an international association and network first created in 2008 through social media with over 6000 members and affiliates working for victims-driven restorative justice.

Lisa talked about criminal justice reform, wrongful conviction, victim-offender reconciliation and restorative justice.

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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10 thoughts on “Vanguard Court Watch Podcast Episode 2 – Lisa Rea – Restorative Justice”

  1. Bill Marshall

    “Restorative Justice” is an interesting term… definition of “restore”…

    https://www.google.com/search?ei=gS87XeajJJK6tgXixp64Bw&q=restore+definition&oq=restore+def&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i70i249j0l9.5625.13056..15945…0.0..0.304.815.0j2j1j1……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i71j0i67i70i249j0i67j0i131i67.BF9kr-ALdqA

    If someone loses life, limb, mobility, was sexually violated, how can any justice be “restorative”?  “Mitigated”, perhaps; “soothing”, perhaps; “partial healing”, perhaps… but “restorative”?

    A deed has been done… there is nothing that can “un-do”… there will always be consequences of the act(s)…

    That said, there is merit in the concept, both for the victims, and those who violated those victims… but it doesn’t “restore” anything.  Can lead to mitigation, may lead towards ‘healing’, or true change for the one who committed the offense… all good.

    Just consider the word “restore”… in the terms of ‘justice’ this could take on the aspects of “blood money”, “wergeld”, etc.  Or make this go away because “mea culpa”, and “I’m sorry”… does help get away from the concepts of “revenge” and “vengeance” but ‘healing’? “Restorative”?

    Am skeptical, but I see it as better than alternatives… the concept should be actively pursued…

      1. Alan Miller

        You have figured out how to implant a soul?

        I question this ‘tactical style’ you have adopted of late of ‘you’re wrong’.  That isn’t really much more than a stop sign or a brick wall — very modern progressive of ya.

        If you discussed why sociopaths can be part of restorative justice, a link would be more helpful than ‘you’re wrong’.

        1. David Greenwald

          Not sure why you’re focusing on sociopaths anyway.  Part of the protesting for a restorative program is fitness for the program.  One of the points that Lisa made is that there is not necessarily a reduction in penalty accompanying a restorative program – though there are at times.

        1. Bill Marshall

          Good plan (seriously, though unsure whether you are, or…)… if you read and disagreed, folk would still accuse you of not reading, not understanding the contents… simpler to skip that step (initial reading)… will have to try that…

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