I Forgive You, But You Must Die

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A. Explain what is meant by the term “restorative justice” and how it differs from the traditional criminal justice system. Restorative justice system is a form of bringing the people that have been harmed through crime or even the conflict and those that are responsible for that harm together for the purpose of communication, enabling every person that is affected by the specific event to play their part in the repairing of those harms and looking for the positive way to move forward. It can be used anywhere for the prevention of the conflicts, building of the relationships and repairing the harm caused to the others by enabling the people to communicate more positive and effective. The traditional criminal justice comprises of the intervention to the state to remedy the social disapproval behavior that is possessed by a specific person in the society. This process aims at punishing the offenders according to the crimes committed an by doing that it ensures that justice has been served to both the offenders and the victims. This is very different from the restorative justice where the victim and the offender are brought together with the purpose of communication. Restorative justice follows some steps in which the first one is the creation of the favorable communicating environment. Then the communication can be formal like in the institution sponsored “victim/ offender mediation dialogue (VOMD)” in prison or informal method which is unsupervised like the telephone call, impromptu visits, letters, email, etc. for them to have a dialogue conversation (Leo 242). Face to face dialogue is considered to be the greatest opportunity for the restrictive justice to bridge the gap/ gulf between the victim and the survivor/ offended. The offender has the chance to confront the victim directly with grief and anger to get the motif and the fate of the crime. At last, the victim has the chance to apologize and be forgiven. Both the offender and the victim show the feeling of healing and relief.B. Differentiate between the forgivers and empathizes in this article.Forgivers in the article have been described in three perspectives. They include the restrictive forgivers, ambivalent forgivers, and the redemptive forgivers. The restrictive forgivers are involved in the renouncing the hatred of an offender. They have the feeling of meeting with the offender so that they can have a remorseful expression to each other. However, they want the death punishment to proceed. These type of forgivers results from the psychological/ personal and religious/ ideological. Restrictive forgivers from the ideological perspective forgive based on the values, norms, and belief of their ideology or religion while restrictive forgivers from psychological perspective forgive due to the desires to save the someone’s sanity from grips of the hatred and relieve their anger, vengeance, and resentment. For the redemptive forgivers, they are involved in the relinquishing of the vengeance and hatred. They are also willing to spare the life of the offender, reduce the life sentence and also assist that individual to become civil. They believe that death penalty is inhuman and instead, they may prefer life sentence for the murdered in case it’s a must the person should be punished. For the case of the ambivalent forgivers, they are not sure about the suitability of imposing the death penalty to the offenders, and they passively hold up on it especially when other members of the family advocate it. On the other hand, the empathizers do humanize their offenders. They always perceive that an offender became dangerous due to his experience, the miserable life in the family, or even failure of the social institute like the criminal justice system and the social institute agency to take necessary action. Empathizers are most probable to spread the blame on the criminal acts done to their loved ones, and there is the possibility of them knowing the offender (Doerner and Steven). They accept the apology from an offender, and they are likely to be inclined to the dialogue with an offender. However, they believe that the punishment by death will provide them the sense of relief and also relieve the fear and concern of the offender harming the people. Thus they believe that offenders are dangerous to the whole society C. Is restorative justice a useful technique to use in capital cases? ExplainI consider restorative justice as the most important technique that should be implemented in the capital cases despite the fact that it is difficult to forgive and empathize for the people who are involved in the bigger crimes like murder. In the article, it was found that most of the forgivers and empathizers support the execution before and afterward, they experienced a feeling of relief. “The forgive but die statement” is being considered in most of the survivors who made use of the restorative justice because it helps them have the sense of and therefore controlling negative attitudes and feelings that mostly hung around them after the occurrence of the crime. The implementation of the restorative justice in the death penalty capital case is difficult even when the survivors are willing to go for the mediation dialogue. The postconviction appeals that are mainly found in the death penalty case are the roadblock for the reconciliation. They encourage the victim to look for the way of reducing criminal responsibility and save a life instead of assuming the full accountability of the crime and make apologies to the family offended. This restorative justice system provides an adversarial process that encourages the offender to be able to amend, be accountable, apologize for the wrong acts and may be subjected to death sentence knowing in mind that he had tried to make peace with the family of the victim. D. What was interesting/ surprising in this article?The sentiment of “forgiving but die” is the most surprising aspect of the article. The greatest challenge found in the restorative justice system is implementing it with a death penalty at the end. It is very tricky and also ambiguous to advise and encourage the offender to come and seek amendment, to be accountable of his actions, to apologize for the bad acts to the family members of the person murdered so that he can be eliminated from the world when he has the knowledge of attempting to make peace with the offended family. The essence of seeking forgiveness from the offended family is to allow them to spar the life of the offender but there is no need of being forgiven, and later the offender dies. On the other hand for the restrictive forgivers, ambivalent forgivers and empathizers there is no need to pretend to have forgiven the murderer of your beloved one, yet there is a struggle in renouncing the obsessive feeling of the resentment, hatred, vengeance and also anger which are destroying their soul. It’s like most of the forgivers and empathizers who decide to take this decision seeks assistance from the spiritual advisors, religion, and psychological counselors to conclude. But why should they have double thoughts of forgiving and yet in their hearts they have a feeling that the offender should die? In case they believe the death of the offender is the only way of getting justice for the death of their beloved one and also as a way of seeking the peace of mind, renouncement of vengeance, anger, hatred, etc. Then the simplest and direct method of solving this murder case is through seeking the death penalty. This will be a better and easy process of removing the issue from the mind instead of going for the restorative justice system. E. Reflect on what your response might be in a similar situation. ExplainIn case I was in the same situation as one of the offended people I would just seek for the death of the murderer of my beloved one. This is because I believe in the phenomena of “Tit for Tat is a fair game” (searchquotes.com).Tit for Tat” is the English saying which implies an equivalent retaliation. Therefore in case, the offender murdered one of my family members then he/ she should also be subjected to murder. That is what I think will be the best way of seeking justice for the death of my family member. I may not consider the alternative of the restorative justice system because I don’t want to be subjected to the double feelings. The restorative justice system will allow me to humanize the offender and spread the blame of his actions to other institutional agencies like the criminal justice action failing to take the appropriate action and experience of the miserable life. The system will also allow me to have a dialogue with the offender and I may accept the apologies if he asks for them. But that will not bring any peace of mind around me. We will only be biting around the bush when the real decision that I have made is seeking for his death. Therefore, for my case, I will rather request for a direct death penalty instead of involving restoration justice system. Works CitedDoerner, William G. and P. Lab. Steven. Victimology, 8th ed. New York: NY: Routledge, 2017. Leo, G. Barrile. “I Forgive You, but You Must Die: Murder Victim Family Members, the Death Penalty, and Restorative Justice.” Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (2015): 239–269. searchquotes.com. Tit For Tat Is A Fair Game Quotes. 3 May 2014. 11 March 2018.

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