Restorative justice is a belief that as long as the victim is somehow made whole, the crime never really happened. If a person steals something, as long as that person reimburses the victim for the value of what was stolen, there is no further punishment. The underlying theory is that all people are basically good, and as long as they are treated with love and respect, they will always seek to do what is right.
And it’s complete bullshit. That is why the Restorative Justice ADA released the man who, two days later, would go on to kill by driving his car into a Christmas Parade.
Let me ask: How will those people whose children were run over and killed be made whole?
The people who believe it are largely people who have never met a real criminal. They have never met a person who was truly evil. Instead, they believe that all people are equal. A serial rapist is the same as a 17 year old lifeguard. That is also why they don’t believe in self defense. Whether it is the lifeguard or the serial rapist is killed, as far as they are concerned a death is a death.
Well, my life matters. The life of my loved ones matter. I will defend them.