Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2001
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and
Correction (DRC) Director, Reginald A. Wilkinson, will officially launch DRC’s
Restorative Justice Week at a symposium at the Corrections Training Academy on
Tuesday, November 13, 2001.
theme of Restorative Justice Week 2001 and the symposium is “Giving Hope a
Voice.” The symposium will
feature speakers and workshops that will focus on the beneficial nature of
Restorative Justice and its ability to repair the harm caused by crime.
DRC practices such as victim offender dialogue, victim awareness classes
for offenders, citizen circles and community justice centers will be emphasized
during the event.
The philosophy of Restorative
Justice is one that many justice agencies have adopted and are applying to the
justice process. The
characteristics of the philosophy, once put into action, encourage victim input,
offender accountability and community partnerships that are essential in the
reparation of crime. “This is a
time for all of us as justice professionals to embrace the concept of
Restorative Justice and understand its usefulness in the justice procedure,”
addition to the symposium, DRC institutions and Adult Parole Authority offices
across the state will participate in various activities.
These activities include information sessions, victim impact panels, open
houses and fundraisers to benefit local victims’ groups and other community
further information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614)