Incarceration Through the Lens of Genocide and Restorative Justice
This chapter describes one’s effort to connect the principles of restorative justice in genocidal contexts to mass incarceration in a criminology course. After learning these principles, students introduced them to formerly incarcerated women at Hour Children, an organization in New York City. The women then used these principles to articulate their experiences of offending—adopting a new understanding of harm and being harmed. The interactions between students and the women were recorded, and students’ written reflections revealed profound insights into the humanity of formerly incarcerated individuals and the harm that can be perpetuated in and by the criminal justice system.
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