"Shoot me first," 13-year-old Marian Fisher told Charles Carl Roberts IV as he stood over 10 Amish girls last Oct. 2 in the little wooden schoolhouse in Bart Township. Roberts straight away shot Marian and four other students to death at the West Nickel Mines School on White Oak Road. He wounded the rest and then committed suicide. Within hours, numerous Old Order Amish from the Georgetown area publicly forgave Roberts. They also reached out socially and financially to Roberts' widow, Marie, and have continued to do so in the months since the crime.
A woman who killed her common-law husband continues to fight for a sentencing circle, despite the opposition of the victim's family.
As a volunteer for Arlington police Victim Assistance Unit, Bergara accompanies staff members to crime scenes and supports victims. And because she's bilingual, she is often called to help translate for Spanish speakers.
Prison doors may be locked shut, but people must not close their eyes to the inmates behind bars. Vatican officials conveyed that message at an international gathering of prison chaplains in Rome, where Pope Benedict XVI called the pastoral care of prisoners a "vital mission" that deserved the support and guidance of bishops and the involvement of local Catholics.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have two school discipline plans before the house. In one corner is a recent get-tough proposal... [that] calls for stricter enforcement of a three-strikes-you're-out policy for troublemakers who end up in the principal's office.... In the other corner is an approach to discipline called restorative justice, which focuses on changing behavior and clearly contemplates keeping more kids in regular schools.
The goal of the program "is providing students an opportunity to have an educational experience about the behavior associated with having a ticket," she said. The incentive for students to go through restorative justice, Banks said, is to have the fine and charges dismissed from the case.
My spinal cord injury in 1979 was not the result of a bullet, but it was the result of someone's decision. As I was driving down the Pennsylvania Turnpike a wheel broke off a truck and crashed into my car. I later found out that the company that manufactured the wheel knew it was inferior, but put it on the road anyway. I was furious. We sued in civil court, but I didn't just want money. I wanted the company to suffer, and I wanted the people involved to suffer for the rest of their lives.
Yellow Medicine County is expanding a restorative justice program that brings together juvenile offenders and community members in an effort to resolve issues outside of the courtroom. Circle sentencing, one of many types of restorative justice, brings together community members, victims and offenders to talk through problems and help offenders find the right path.
Princess Anne will be the guest of honour at a conference in Bristol to discuss restorative justice.She is expected to take centre stage at the event, which is being held at the Council House on Tuesday, November 13.
Since 1996, South Canterbury's Project Turnaround has been one of the success stories for restorative justice around the country, changing lives and healing wounds. But a cloud is looming on the horizon.
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