According to the two scholars, Australia is currently missing out on a hugely useful tool in the fight against environmental crime: restorative justice. This approach, which has been used successfully in New Zealand, deserves a nationwide commitment, they say.
Though restorative conferencing can require more time, money and energy than traditional court processes, this may be an investment well worth making for the environment. Embracing restorative justice would give victims a much-needed voice in the process, and create a better chance to heal ruptured relationships and restore the harm done to the environment as far as possible. As Trevor Chandler, a facilitator in Canada, succinctly puts it: “punishment makes people bitter, whereas restorative solutions make people better”.
You can read the full article here.
Mark Hamilton also gave an interview on Radio Adelaide, that you can listen to here.
Mon, 17 June