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Sunday, 25 October 2009

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Another post on the topic from David Chura, who for ten years taught kids in adult lockup:

"...Shouldn't any criminal be made to take responsibility? Indeed. Ask any of my jailhouse students the same question and most would agree. But accountability doesn't mean punishment; it never has, except in the parlance of today's criminal justice system. It means not turning away from what you did and the consequences of your actions, but looking at it square on and learning a better way of living.

"There are many ways to do this in jail. Restorative justice programs are one very effective approach, tough love so tough that not many adults I know outside of prison could stand up against that personal scrutiny. Sunny Schwartz shows that in her spunky, powerful book, Dreams from the Monster Factory, which describes her restorative justice work with long-term California inmates. In the county jail where I worked some of my students went through a similar victims' awareness program, and even the most hard-edged guys who swore nothing would ever or could ever touch them were moved."

http://www.beaconbroadside.com/broadside/2009/11/david-chura-life-terms-for-minors-are-cruel-and-unusual-punishment.html.

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