Justice should include better healing strategies

Restorative justice is a healing way to work with people who run afoul of the law

Re: Canadian justice in lawyers’ hands (Letters, April 27)

In my opinion, the Canadian justice system is an oxymoron. It really does not do justice to victim, offender or community. Jails are very expensive housing and training. Put a minor offender in jail for months or years till a court date is set and imagine what they can learn from their cellmates? The circle continues, perhaps back to the street or on to more violent facilities?

One’s ability to hire a lawyer is crucial. Lamb asks, “Does not a surgeon remove dangerous tissue to save the patient?”

A better solution might be to heal people so they don’t get sent to jails or hospitals. Restorative Justice is a way of making retribution in community through mediation with the offender and the victim. Victims are usually not given any support for healing and often end up falling apart themselves, winding up at the mercy of some ‘system.’

The problem with healing or wellness solutions is that they are not corporate sanctioned models.

On another note, the planned addiction outpatient clinic (News, April 27) is an example of helping people to heal and move forward in a positive way.

Joanna Wilkinson

Victoria

Just Posted

Oak Bay win first Bridgman Cup since 1973

Annual UVic event is an indicator for coming South Island finals, Island finals and provincials

For Central Saanich couple, fight against MS is a matter of family

Altenkirks sell greeting cards and wooden bowls to raise money for MS Society

Saanich residents planning Halloween fireworks displays must plan ahead

Folks are required to attend one of three safety courses, buy a permit

Victoria feels the pinch at the pump as gas prices jump 18 cents

Gas up to 157.9 cents per litre at some stations

‘Panda’ Goodlife runner searches for his head

Facebook post for help leads to ‘unconfirmed panda head sightings’

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Potent power play paces Canucks to 5-1 win over Detroit

Miller nets a pair as Vancouver wins third straight

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Most Read