SOCIETY: How restorative justice can appease the victims and perpetrators of a crime


As part of the day of access to law which will take place next Tuesday, the professor emeritus of criminology and founding president of the French institute for restorative justice (IFJR), Robert Cairo will be in Saint-Martin to present the measures of restorative justice. These non-compulsory measures allow the perpetrators and victims of a crime to discuss the said crime and thus try to rebuild themselves. What is it about ? 

Excerpts from an interview with Robert Cairo published in

What is restorative justice?

The challenge is to offer those affected by a crime, whether perpetrators or victims, a space, a time to discuss without judgment the consequences and, above all, the repercussions that this crime has had on their lives. without redoing or anticipating the criminal trial of course.

Why do you believe in restorative justice?

Because we generally observe among the participants a feeling of well-being at the end of the process. They are doing better because we offer them the means of empowerment, ie to take charge of themselves after having prepared them for all the eventualities of the face-to-face exchange. In complete freedom, the only limit being respect for others and their words.

Robert Cario will host a conference on Tuesday, May 24 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. as part of the national day of access to law which will take place at the CCISM in Saint-Martin.

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