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June 20, 2018

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Restorative Justice
Last Featured: 7/28/2003

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Severe budget shortfalls have forced some states to consider early release programs for prisoners and alternative sentencing for the newly convicted. While prosecutors, police and others sound the alarm, sentencing reform advocates see opportunity. Pushing programs that focus on rehabilitation, community service, and victim restitution, reformers believe they can reduce recidivism and, thereby, better protect public safety. But public safety is what opponents say is at stake and warn against what they see as untested, utopian notions of a criminal justice system.

Susan Gaertner was elected Ramsey County Attorney in November 1994 and was re-elected in 1998 and 2002. Gaertner is only the fourth person to hold the office since 1933 and is the first woman to hold the office. As County Attorney she has spearheaded numerous reforms including the creation of the Joint Domestic Abuse Prosecution Unit; a special Gangs and Guns Prosecution Unit; and the Truancy Intervention Program to improve school attendance of students 6 to 17 years old. Gaertner is a past-president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association.

Bob Costello is the Director of Training for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), a non-profit organization that provides education and research in support of the development of restorative practices. Mr. Costello has conducted restorative practices trainings in Canada, Europe and the United States to criminal justice professionals, educators, and corporate managers. Before coming to the IIRP, Mr. Costello worked with adjudicated and troubled youth for 15 years. Most recently, he was the administrator of the Community Service Foundation¹s alternative school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Closing Quote
"Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our self-respect."

— Psychiatrist Bruno Bettelheim

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