Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice
After Wrongful Conviction.
In the courtroom, there are always—and only— two irreconcilable sides of the same story. Black/white. Right/wrong. Feller/fallen. When the wrong story prevails, justice is perverted and an innocent person is condemned. When there is an exoneration, we expect a happy ending. But an exoneration is an earthquake that leaves behind upheaval and ruin. Is there a way forward?
Restorative justice, a centuries-old practice of bringing together victims, offenders, and their families to address the harm inflicted by a crime, offers hope by focusing on healing and redemption. The suffering experienced by the people involved in a wrongful conviction case varies, but arises from a shared traumatic experience. It means that men and women who once faced each other down from opposite sides of the courtroom can unite in a common cause.
They are uniting: restoring their lives and making their own justice. In voices too raw and powerful to ignore, they are joining together to advocate for reform. My book, Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction, tells their stories.