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Text-to-Text Connection ~ Forgiveness

posted Jan 8, 2013, 2:51 PM by Christine Brower-Cohen
January 8, 2012
Sunday, the New York Times Magazine ran this thought-provoking, and at times disturbing article on a Florida couple that forgave their daughter's murderer through a process called restorative justice.  Apparently, restorative justice is a program aimed at allowing the victims, prosecutors, and community members to come together with the accused to work out sentencing.  Reportedly, there is a lower rate of recidivism with restorative justice than with the traditional trial system. 
As I read the article, I couldn't help but think of the young-adult novel, Touching Spirit Bear,  by Ben Mikaelsen.  If you are teaching the novel, you may want to check out the article as a potential informational text to integrate with the book.  If you are a parent, you may want to check out the article and ask yourself if you could ever do what these parents did. 
Happy reading,
Christine Brower-Cohen