Restorative Justice

This legal option offers healing to the viticm and the offender equally and brings peace back to the comunity.

​In the novel, the Caretaker, the author provides a model to resolve the fear expperienced by Alice, the elderly mugged victim, and a strategy to disspell the frustration that notivated Nick, the teenage offender.

This is a must read for those who value reconciliation between estranged people.

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    Vulnerability

    The shock of being knocked to the ground and your purse ripped from your hands is indelibly imprinted on Alice’s mind.

    ​Her physical pain pales in comparison to the realization that the world outside of her appartment is violent. Elderly people are not exempt from harm.

    Blinding anger

    ​Nick is an only child of parents who committed suicide. The junior-high school boy feels the world is unfair and controling.

    ​Nick’s placement with an elderly aunt who resents being saddled with a new responsibility leads to friction. Being subject to other’s agenda’s leaves Nick feeling worthless.

    The Challenges of restorative justice.

    ​While the natural inclination is for Nick and Alice to avoid each other as much as is possible, no peace will occur.

    ​Restorative justice requires bringing two parties together to build an atmosphere of understanding and forgiveness.

    Third party intervention is critical. That is where Steve, a close friend of Nick’s parents, comes in. He knows there is a more caring side to Nick.