Tag Archive: victim

What is ‘closure’ in criminal justice?

January 8, 2020

850 words; 4 minutes to read ‘Providing closure’ is one of the comments we often hear in media coverage of verdicts and sentences in criminal cases.  The suggestion is that a harsh sentence provides victims of crime, or family members...

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Sawbonna: Victim Impact Statement 41 Years Later

April 26, 2019

This post is about 700 words and can be read in 3 minutes. Margot Van Sluytman is a well known Canadian advocate for restorative justice, based on her experience following the murder of her father.  She recently posted this moving...

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A Christian view on criminal justice

December 4, 2018

This post is 800 words and can be read in about 3 minutes. Churches have long been among the leaders in criminal justice reform efforts in Canada.  Recently, criminal law professor Benjamin Perrin gave a talk in his personal capacity...

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Benefits of Restorative Justice

November 6, 2018

This post is about 900 words and can be read in 4-5 minutes. Restorative justice (RJ) is one of those approaches often advocated yet not often used.  Despite its seeming advantages and the efforts of some advocates such as Margot...

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Forgiveness: The Margot Van Sluytman story

September 21, 2017

Victims and Forgiveness Crime often causes suffering, which is one of the factors leading to demands for harsh punishments.  Yet some of the most remarkable crime stories come from victims who have been able to take a different approach, leading...

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