By focusing exclusively on punishing the criminal, our justice system too often ignores the needs of crime victims and their families.  The concept of "restorative justice" fundamentally redirects that focus to who has been harmed, what do they need to repair the harm, and how do we do that without causing more harm.

On August 27, a panel discussion on restorative justice will be held at the New York City Bar Association.  The program is free and open to the public.

The featured panelists are:

SCOTT BASS is Executive Director of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (www.mvfr.org), a national nonprofit headquartered in North Carolina.  Scott has worked with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic loss, including family members of murder victims and of persons on death row.  MVFR’s mission is to educate the public on the harms of the death penalty, the true needs of the victim families and the transformative power of restorative justice.
 
RONALD J. TABAK, ESQ. is former Chair of the NYC Bar Association's Committee on Civil Rights.  He has served for over two decades as Chair of the Death Penalty Commit­tee of the ABA's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibili­ties.  He is President of New York Lawyers Against the Death Penalty, Secretary of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and board member of the Death Penalty Resource Center and of Latino Justice PRLDEF.
 
THERESE BARTHOLOMEW, whose brother Steve was shot to death in 2003, has become an advocate for both death-penalty abolition and restorative justice. Her memoir, Coffee Shop God, and documentary film, The Final Gift (www.thefinalgiftfilm.com), chronicle her journey of coming to terms with the sudden and violent death of her brother, and her historic decision to meet his killer in a South Carolina prison in 2010. Therese is the Director of Outreach and Development at MVFR.

The program begins at 6:30 pm at the Association's building, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th) in New York City.  For more information and to register, contact Muhammad Faridi at mfaridi@pbwt.com or (212)-336-2874.

John Howley
New York, New York

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10/09/2012 10:39

Yes I know that The topic for the Panel Discussion on Monday, 27 August 2012 will be “Farm Mechanisation Opportunities and Constraints”. The same topic will be discussed LIVE on BBS radio from 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm.

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