Since 1982 the United States’ approach to crime has been increased dependence on harsh laws and punishments. We have believed that if we punish offenders enough, eventually we will reach a level of harshness that will keep our streets and families safe.
…a more restorative approach would ensure accountability to real consequences as identified by those impacted, rather than complete separation from consequences while in prison. Too often inmates are separated from what is needed to live responsibly, including fruitful relationships, job training and education.
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