Restoring Community

Natalie DeFreitas, a mental health counselor and restorative justice advocate, delivers a great talk on restorative justice at TedXVancouver from 2012.

She argues that while crime rates are falling in Canada, she experiences the system – which locks record numbers of people up for crimes both great and small – as broken.

What will happen, she asks, when all those people are released? Won't they commit further crimes?

DeFreitas illustrates her argument by retelling the story of a restorative justice conference for an offender she worked with. She punctuates her talk by saying, "Justice is not something that happens to you. Justice is something that we build."

Watch TEDxVancouver Talk on Restorative Justice from Natalie DeFreitas at Youtube.

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