February 2018 meeting -- Tokyo Socrates Cafe

dim. 25 février à 07:00

Fuseau horaire : Paris (GMT+01:00)

Good Heavens! British Pub

This month’s topic is “Restorative Justice: Can it help society deal with criminals and victims?”

Per restorativejustice.org, restorative justice is described as "a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities."

In practice, the process commonly involves victims and perpetrators getting together with a trained mediator to speak about a criminal event (theft, murder etc.) to explore the human impact of the crime. Anyone effected should be part of the discussion, but on a volunteer basis. Each person gets a chance to speak at length about how the crime affected them in order for each side to understand what went on and put actual faces to the people involved.

Some links providing more information:
A case study of restorative justice used after a murder: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/inspirational-stories/a39313/kate-grosmaire-conor-mcbride-forgive-daughters-killer/
A blog post from a restorative justice advocate distinguishing the practice from forgiveness: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ted-wachtel/restorative-justice-is-no_b_2567653.html
A more extensive description of the concept: http://restorativejustice.org/restorative-justice/about-restorative-justice/tutorial-intro-to-restorative-justice/
A counterpoint article with several critiques: https://lawaspect.com/criticisms-restorative-justice-programs/

Please note that this month's meeting will be held at a new location, Good Heavens in Shimokitazawa. Our discussion will officially run from 3 to 5pm, but doors at the pub will be open from 2 and you are welcome to drop in ahead of time. As usual, there will be time for more casual socialization after the official discussion is over.

A few other notes as usual:

1) Though there is no charge for the meetup, please order at least a drink or food item from Good Heavens as they have been kind enough to allow us to use their space without any charge.

2) Please keep your RSVP as up-to-date as possible, even if you're updating on the morning of the meeting.

3) Please try to be on time. If you'll be more than 30 minutes late, please consider joining us after we finish around 5:00pm.

Source: https://www.meetup.com/fr-FR/socratescafetokyo/events/247608589/