Webinar: Does Restorative Justice Need Forgiveness?: A dialogue with Sujatha Baliga
On January 5, The New York Times Magazine carried a story about the use of a restorative conference in a murder case in the early stages of the legal process, prior to a plea. The case was also highlighted on theToday Show a few days later. The story was entitled, “Can forgiveness play a role in criminal justice?” (See the story on EMU News: “Coverage in NY Times and NBC Sparks EMU Webinar on Restorative Justice”)
Conferences like the one highlighted in that article are sometimes used prior to formal prosecution in “lesser” cases, and victim-offender dialogues are now common post-sentencing. However, a conference to negotiate a plea in a murder case is highly unusual.
How did this case unfold? What can restorative justice practitioners learn from this pioneering case? What is the relationship between forgiveness and restorative justice? How do we relate to the media on these issues?
Sujatha Baliga, the lawyer and restorative justice practitioner who facilitated this process, will be our guest for this webinar. Howard Zehr, who facilitated the connection between the two families and Sujatha and played a background role in the case, will chair the session. Viewers will be able to submit comments and questions through a chat forum.
This webinar is intended for restorative justice practitioners but is open to anyone, though a basic knowledge of restorative justice is preferred. For those without that background, The Little Book of Restorative Justice provides a short introduction.