Why Victims Face the Criminals Who Hurt Them

The Victim-Offender Mediation/Dialogue program in Texas connects victims with those who harmed them to initiate a healing process founded on the premise of restorative justice. This state-run mediation program helps victims talk to "the criminal who brought pain to them," and requires that the victim request the meeting. Although it has been slow to gain both notoriety in Texas and popularity across the U.S., positive effects have been documented for those who have accessed and participated in the service.

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