Restorative Justice In The American Criminal Justice System

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The arrest phase of a crime could have you at the very beginning of a long process through the American criminal justice system. For the most part, it doesn 't matter what state you are in, the steps are usually the same. After an arrest takes place a criminal is “booked” into police custody. This is where your photo and fingerprints are taken as a matter of record as well. Between now and any trials there is the matter of arraignment, possible plea bargaining, preliminary hearings and pre-trial motions. In the case that any plea offered to you is not to your liking your case then goes to a jury of your peers to decide whether you are guilty. The trial itself has multiple phases as well before a verdict will be reached. In the case that a …show more content…
Under restorative justice criminal activity is more than just a person violating the law. Crime causes sometimes irreparable harm to communities, people and their relationships. A response to the wrongdoing must include a response to the harm caused by the criminal actions. In the case that concerned parties are willing or able, one way to meet this intent is to help criminals and victims to meet to basically “talk things out”. Of course, much of the time I am sure a victim does not want to have a sit-down with someone who perpetrated harm upon them and there are other options to address …show more content…
I can say myself that I definitely believe in some form of retribution when it comes to criminal offenders. After this week and what I have learned about restorative justice, I believe that fitting the victim into the equation is important. Doing so will teach the majority of offenders exactly where they wronged not only that one person but society as a whole. In the future my hope is for this model to catch on and be applied in at least equal part as retributive

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