Inspiration Wednesday: Restorative justice approach could reduce recidivism

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to Hugh Fynn a retired headmaster and commercial mediator about restorative justice, what it is and how it works.

Fynn gave a distinction between repetitive justice and restorative justice. He explained restorative justice as a system of criminal justice brings the perpetrator and the victim together to try and reconcile them in a non accusatory manner. It focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders.

According to Fynn, the offender is asked Six questions in the rehabilitation process:

What happened?
What were you thinking at the time?
What have you thought about since?
Who was affected?
How were they affected?
What do you think you need to do to make matters right again?

The person has to come to a full disclosure and in that process endorphins are released in the brain that enable behavioral change to take place

Hugh Fynn

According to Fynn restorative justice is increasingly being practiced in the United Kingdom, Canada and US in their criminal system. He says stats in Canada shows that prisoners who didn't go through the restorative justice process, about 70% of them re-offend and those who went through the process stats show that they have dropped recidivism by 15%.

Fynn also spoke about how schools can adopt the restorative justice in keeping order and rectify wrongs by learners. He firmly stands against corporal punishment in schools and became the first headmaster to stop practicing even before it was made illegal in this country.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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