Restitution is required in each of the crime scenarios described in the Law (Exodus). How is restitution different from retribution? Besides restoring the animal or object, what else is restored in this process?
How does Zacchaeus’ action reflect “salvation”? What do you think were the results of his action in relationship to his community?
There is a movement toward what is called “restorative justice”, a framework that includes restitution and community involvement in dealing with offenses. The goal is to make restitution for the crime while also repairing the relationships that have been damaged. In Chicago, Logan Square Neighborhood Association has been working with Kelyvn Park High School and other CPS schools to use a restorative justice model to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Visit LSNA to learn more this important work.
For a comprehensive understanding of restorative justice, please visit http://www.restorativejustice.org, a project of Prison International Fellowship.