Panel to Focus on Festorative Justice

Southern Illinois University



Panel to Focus on Restorative Justice

March 13, 2014

A class on alternative dispute resolution will host a panel of speakers about restorative justice on Monday, March 17, from 5-7 pm, in Lesar Law Building, Room 102.

Judge George W. Timberlake, a leading proponent of the theory and practice, along with a panel of experts will discuss restorative justice program successes and challenges.

This special class session is open to the public. 

Tom Margolis, adjunct professor and practicing lawyer, explained that community involvement is crucial to the success of restorative justice -- hence the invitation to the community to learn about it. 

Restorative justice focuses primarily on youth-related, non-violent crimes and rehabilitation.  One of the core concepts is to make the offender aware of the effects of the crime, and to do so by bringing the offender together with the victim and with various members of the community.  A part of the goal is to make the offender a part of the community rather than separate from it. 

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