NYTimes OpEd advocating RJ for campus sexual misconduct cases

The New York Times has published a very supportive OP Ed on the use of RJ for campus sexual misconduct cases. The article summarizes:

In restorative justice, the victim and the accused generally meet with facilitators and other community members affected by the offense. The goal is to agree on a plan to make amends to the victim and to keep the accused from reoffending. The accused might apologize, undergo education, agree to be monitored or take other actions to help the victim and community recover. In general both the victim and the accused must consent to the process, and the accused must accept responsibility for causing harm.

The process lets victims tell their stories in the way they choose and seek the kind of redress that’s most appropriate for them, which has not always been the case in college disciplinary procedures or in the criminal justice system.

It concludes:

Restorative justice will never be appropriate for all cases of sexual assault. But it may offer another option for campus disciplinary processes that, in many cases, are not serving students well; colleges and universities around the country are facing numerous lawsuits from victims who say schools failed to address their trauma, investigate their complaints or charge their attackers.

The Op Ed also mentions the work of Campus PRISM (Proposing Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Misconduct on college campuses). PRISM is working in the areas of alternative adjudication processes as well as prevention.