Reverend Jamie Scott, coordinator of the Collaborative Justice Project, noted that his topic coincides with Restorative Justice Week. He explained that approaching crime from the restorative point of view challenges us to treat people as it they really mattered, to focus our efforts on the "human" impacts of crime - the fear, anger, pain, disempowerment, alienation and grief with which people are often left.
They work primarily at the pre-sentence stage on cases which are referred to them through the court process. Two criteria must be met; the accused must be willing to take responsibility and the victim must want to participate. They help the victim, the accused, and their families, to address support and safety needs, deal with accountability and reparation issues, and ensure that they receive a holistic and meaningful response to their needs. President David's thought for the week: (from George Carlin) The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller building, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we buy more, but enjoy less; have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgment; more problems, less experts; more medicine but less wellness; we've conquered outer space, but not inner space. It seems that if we are living the Objects of Kiwanis, we can claim that we are different, and these do not apply to us.