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02 March 2007


Those harmed by crime... - preview

‘Justice goes out of the window when sandwiched between ‘Criminal’ and ‘System’, it is damaging, hugely costly and does not work!’ Melanie Jameson reports from a stimulating weekend

Quakers In Criminal Justice (QICJ) Annual Conference

A consideration of 'those harmed by crime' was the challenge we set ourselves last weekend when we assembled in Glenthorne
  • It emerged that all of us had committed an offence of some sort and most of us had been victims of crime
  • Many offenders have been victims of crime themselves
  • So the distinctions between victim and offender blur

  • Two emergent topics refocused our weekend
  • Firstly, J was to have led a session on his release from prison
  • Unfortunately a painful pattern repeated itself: unable to face the challenge of life outside, J absconded from prison, giving himself up a few hours later
  • His letter explained: 'I'm afraid to go out
  • In my heart I know I don't want to
  • '

    Melanie Jameson

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