Restorative Justice In the Innocence Context

Location: Lake Mizell A
Date: Fri, May 1
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Restorative justice holds tremendous potential for healing exonerees and victims, as well as for broader criminal justice policy reform. The Northern California Innocence Project is collaborating with criminal justice reform advocate Jennifer Thompson and leading restorative justice experts at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency on an innovative restorative justice pilot project. The project was initiated with a three-day retreat that brought together four exonerees with three victims of crimes in cases where there was later an exoneration (not from the same cases). Restorative justice focuses first on the harm caused to the victim -- in innocence cases, there is an interesting twist because there are two victims: the victim of the original crime, and the exoneree who was wrongfully convicted. For the first time, these two groups were brought together in a professionally-facilitated restorative circle to engage in safe, respectful dialogue about their shared and differing experiences, and how their personal experiences can be used to improve policies for everyone. In this workshop, participants will discuss the healing they experienced at the retreat and the potential restorative justice has for policy reform.

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