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Restorative Justice and Restitution

A member of a victims' rights group contacts your family to discuss the possibility of meeting with your family and the convicted murderer. The inmate wants to seek forgiveness before he is executed. The members of your family are outraged that this group dared to even contact your family. Members of your family express their concern regarding the invasion of their privacy. No matter what the inmate will say, it will not bring the family member back, and your family is not concerned with the inmate's feelings or his desire to make amends for the crime he committed. Most your family members are opposed to meeting the convicted murderer, but you have some unanswered questions, and this would help you deal with the death of your loved one.

You are going to have a family meeting on this matter to decide what action your family should take. You are preparing some information and performing research on whether or not meeting the convicted murderer would benefit your family and bring closure to this tragedy. In your discussion, include theories of morality, values, and consequences. You must also include the following information for the family to ensure that everyone is fully informed:

In terms of ethics, describe the concepts and purposes of restorative justice and restitution.
Address some ethical issues related to the concepts of restorative justice and restitution.
Include some implications of restorative justice and how you would approach the decision to allow or refuse a meeting with a convicted murderer.
Compose a description of the decision-making process, including the steps on how to approach the situations, a list of questions if a meeting is granted, or a list of possible reasons for rejecting the meeting

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Restorative justice is predicated upon the theory that for victims to become fully healed, they must receive closure from a criminal incident. In regards to this closure the theory posits that the criminal should take proactive steps to provide this closure by a myriad of different means that may include community service for minor crimes or victim outreach for crimes such as the one in your scenario. The purpose of restorative justice is to focus on restoring the victim to their prior state preceding the crime as best as possible. The theory rests upon an ethical view ...

Solution Summary

Restorative justice and restitution is examined. The concepts and purposes of restorative justice and restitution is determined.