Restorative justice programs continue to raise eyebrows across the country as their effectiveness is growing to a point that cannot be ignored. The most recent program to be launched is at the higher education institute of Skidmore College. The Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice will assist communities schools and the justice system in exploring restorative justice that help educate offenders of the harm they inflict on victims and communities. By holding community offenders accountable for their actions the program hopes to see the results that other have had in curbing poor decision making and mischief.
The program requires that offenders personally acknowledge wrong-doing and move towards the necessary steps to rectify their actions. Often a conversation is had between an offender and their victims in order to clear the air and bring a realization of impact regarding their decisions.
Recently 32 states have written legislation that brings forth some form of restorative justice. The Skidmore project is aimed at starting a New York coalition to be able to provide a case study of proven practices. Should positive results come from their project, they will able to advocate and lobby for legislation at the NY state level.
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