Restorative Justice: Why Do We Need it? • BRAVE NEW FILMS

More than half of victims of violent crime
don’t even call the police in the first place. They prefer nothing to
everything we have to offer. The vast majority of crime survivors’ pain goes unhealed. What the existence of restorative justice means is that we can no longer pretend we don’t know what else to do. As a country we are really
good at punishment. It’s passive, it doesn’t require people to act or think.
It certainly doesn’t require them to change. When we lock people up we excuse them
from their responsibility to answer for what they’ve done. Restorative justice is a process to hold
them accountable. It’s a tool. People take turns answering
questions like what happened? What needs arise? Whose responsibility is it to meet those
needs? And how is that person going to do it? It requires someone to take
responsibility to repair things as much as possible and to never commit that
harm again. This isn’t about feeling sorry it’s about doing sorry. Things like
go to school, get a job, pay restitution, apologize, do community service.
Restorative justice practices have been used to address low-level infractions
like vandalism up to addressing the impact of murders on the surviving
family members. Restorative Justice processes are first and foremost about meeting the
needs of people who are hurt sometimes the person who can make the greatest
contribution to a survivor’s healing is the person who harmed them. To come through trauma, we need answers
to our questions so say my life was never the same after you hurt me like that.
Crime survivors want the most safety possibly available so if incarceration
actually produce safety we would have the safest country in human history. That’s not what we have. The core drivers of violence or shame
isolation and inability meet one’s economic needs and exposure to violence
and we dig those into prisons to try and keep people from committing further
violence. Incarceration exposes people to exactly the things that increase the
likelihood that they’ll go on to harm others. People who are hurt deserve a
process that will help them heal. People who are responsible for crying have an
obligation to be accountable for that all of us deserve responses to crime
that actually make us safer. Our current criminal justice system doesn’t deliver
any of those and restorative justice at its best delivers them all.

30 Responses

  1. VN Alexander says:

    Great film. Just linked to it on

  2. Jraymiami says:

    That was great …Intelligence makes so much sense!

  3. Larry Phischman says:

    Unless it can be done in a way that will make billionaires more wealthy, it won't happen in America.

  4. Reb Dalmas says:

    Poverty is unacceptable, and the cause of most crimes. if we want our system to change we must change our monetary system. Each must have the means to live an abundant life, which means having stable access to clean water, nutritious food, stable shelter and opportunity to self discover, which is education. This is a natural right to life. Life must have these needs met to function in productive ways.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Not only would this heal (to an extent) the pain of the victim but also the pain of the criminal. Those who commit crimes are hurting, empty, lonely, needy. Our jails do not provide rehabilitation and therefore 3 out of 4 criminals who commit violent crimes will do it again. It is all they know. The people who commit these crimes are not taught how to cope, improve themselves, heal. Our justice system needs to focus less on punishment and more on rehabilitation!

  6. Kyla Boyse says:

    Where restorative justice has been implemented, it has worked beautifully. It works for both victims and perpetrators. It helps all parties recover and become more whole.

  7. databang says:

    Leniency does not work as a consequence to poor or bad decisions. Does nothing to prevent offenses, and as a big sounding buzzword "Restorative justice" will be abused by offenders, to get a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance, and so on until an explosive event that could've been prevented.

  8. Mark Paren says:

    I don't agree with one of the assumption around incarceration. Incarceration in the US has reduced crime rates significantly since the 1990's.

  9. Reverse mp4 says:

    I mean I would subscribe but this is for school and school sucks like if u agree

  10. Abolish Prisons says:

    What If (Prisoners)

    Could give a kidney, an eye, skin, bone marrow, or a minimum # of blood pints in exchange for a % more of TOFGB …?

    What if….

    They reinstigated a better form of furlow? Work release?

    They required drug offenders to become addiction counselors?

    They required child abusers to become skilled daycare workers?

    They required gang members to become [email protected] counselors?

    They required animal abusers to train companion animals?

    They required Tax cheats, grifter, & forgers to become tax preparers?

    They made Thieves work in homeless shelters, and soup kitchens?

    How do we utilize this vast resource for more than just lining the pockets of the elite?

  11. Elsa Kristian says:

    My school is always talking about stuff like this and bragging about how great it is. But we're getting bullied and sexualy harassed more than ever and nobody does anything but talk. The counselors only care about the feelings of the bullies and mean slutty girls.

  12. Christopher Cramer says:

    TLDR: Prison isn't an effective deterrent for people who prefer comfy captivity to difficult freedom. Therefore public shaming.

  13. Tim Rogers says:

    You people fucking LUNATICS!

  14. Justice Rule says:

    Have you ever considered that it is the person that commits the crime could be the one that IS the most hurt? There had to be a reason for him or her doing it.. by simply giving even more power to the victim of crime over them could cause even more damage.

    Restorative justice can work when both parties are treated like humans without giving one power over the other.

  15. Adrian Bräysy says:

    Excluding the most extreme cases such as genocide and mass murder, there is usually something the criminal can do to make things better and gain forgiveness. Take a rape case for example. Ok, maybe simply doing time in prison isn't enough. What if they also offer to pay for the victim's therapy? Not enough? What if they start donating 10% of their income to charities that save rape victims? What if they begin helping out through community service? At some point, society has to look at that person and say: 'Ok, you've proven yourself to be a good guy'.

  16. Callum Webb says:

    Enough with the gandai bullshit

  17. Rust Cohle says:

    murderers, rapists, and racists deserve to suffer, Idc if it is unfair, this shit just proves how fucking soft our country are on alot of things that they don't fucking understand… when you commit murder against an innocent, you deserve whatever hell coming your way, you Fucked up and now you should have a Fucked up and unequal lifestyle.

    thievery, drug dealing, and other non violent crimes, yeah I'm all for restorative justice. but I'm not gonna sit here and pretend that all criminals should have second chances, when clearly some don't deserve it. fucking horse shit.

  18. Bob Thefly says:

    All of this makes the assumptions that the victim and the perpetrator share an agreement on the nature of the alleged crime. In fact what is far more likely to occur is the Russian show trials, look at many of the Hollywood cases.

  19. Felipe Bouroncle says:

    My 7 year old class is out of control because the principal has forced discipline out of the school to be replaced with restorative justice in class. Now the teacher has to have 5 min conversations with kids instead of teaching and helping kids understand the material. No more time outs, no more quiet times, no more 5 minutes of recess, no more wright a sentence 10 times and no more consequences. I love the concept for resolving relationships and dealing with medium to big offences it does not work for talking in class or not doing the work in class. Teachers are being strip of any ability to keep their classrooms in order.

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  21. Niki Flow says:

    Excellent film. Thank you. I've subscribed and will share. ♥.

  22. Joe Blow says:

    You cannot rehabilitate violent criminals

  23. BerkatGulo78 says:

    good contents. subscribed and share 🤙


    this good thinks for the answers

  25. Larry Cockslock says:

    I Said what what in the butt

  26. Carniez says:

    except that crime actually did go down when incarcerations went up. it's hard to ideny that. That's not a challenge kiddos lol

  27. eFasser says:

    Why there are no sources for presented data?

  28. Ben says:

    Well and how does this system gonna work for rapers and serial killers? Just saying sorry can't be enough lol

  29. Joseph Morrone says:

    This doesn't work with sadistic sociopaths

  30. Louie Bee says:

    Hypothetically speaking what is someone you love was murdered by some crazed psychopath who can not feel remorse how can he help you to heal? What if you want vengeance? Hmmm. I have been mugged and even though that motherfucker is in jail I would love to see him burnt alive. I didn't get no money in restitution. I want him to suffer. Restorative Justice is a joke

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