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  •  the restorative justice movement (0+ / 0-)

    is a critical step forward and provides us the framework to understand how to build community health rather than think of justice as payback.

    i'm not in favor of the death penalty, but i understand how tribal cultures had to think of this as a way to minimize the threat to the community.  since we cannot exile to an isolated ice floe the way dolphins force asocial members away from the pod, we have no choice but to invent new ways of handling sociopaths.

    restorative justice has reported some stunning successes.  whether this would be effective for child abuse is much less clear.

    child abuse kills souls; murder only kills.  it is debatable which causes more damage.

    •  I put no stock in the soul (0+ / 0-)

      But I do take your meaning where it concerns the mental health of survivors.  However, while many victims may find it difficult if not impossible to recover fully--if at all--there is no recovery from death (not yet, anyway).  Ultimately, the question is how does restorative justice apply to violent crime and crimes with high rates of recidivism.  Obviously, no framework of justice can hold water if it permits by design or chronic miscarriage continued victimization by offenders.

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