Philosophy

Ben Manger ’11, Dana Callahan ’13, Matthew George ‘12.5, and Clayton Pashke ’13: Restorative Justice at Middlebury College

Discuss this project in MiddLab
Session: Conflict Resolution and the Quest for Order- MBH 216 at 2:30 p.m. from the Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium
Faculty Sponsor: Jon Kidde, Sociology & Anthropology
Major: Philosophy

According to Howard Zehr (2002), “Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.” In the following paper, we propose various methods of incorporating restorative practices into the Middlebury College judicial system. These practices usually include an open discussion between the victim and offender of a crime, in which the victim explains the impact of the crime on his/her life, and how the offender can repair the harm. We will address how restorative justice can meet the needs of offenders, victims, and our campus community in cases of academic dishonesty, sexual assault, and physical battery.