Ultimately, the fact that Texas has 150,000 prisoners and 450,000 probationers will continue to pose a significant challenge to the implementation of restorative justice initiatives. Through reductions in these totals, more resources can be made available for innovative programs and these programs can therefore reach a greater percentage of offenders. Also, by reducing the number of offenders on probation, the remaining offenders can be more closely supervised by probation officers to ensure they are meeting conditions, such as attending therapy and paying restitution.Fewer people in prison and on probation -- a conservative agenda item? That's a welcome shift. See more from the Center for Effective Justice here.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Restorative Justice in Texas
The conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Effective Justice has published a new report, "Restorative Justice in Texas: Past, Present and Future," by Director Marc Levin. According to Levin, restorative justice is about "transforming, not simply warehousing, offenders through initiatives such as victim-offender interaction programs that emphasize accountability and penance." I haven't read it all yet, but wanted to at least post the link (pdf). Here's a taste, though, of the kind of thinking in the report that you might not have heard from a conservative think tank in Texas a decade ago:
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