Senator Brownsberger submitted the following written testimony to the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
TO: Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities
FROM: Senator William N. Brownsberger
RE: S52, An Act promoting restorative justice practices
DATE: July 9, 2013
I write in support of S52, An Act promoting restorative justice practices.
This legislation would propose a comprehensive approach to implementing restorative justice programs. This bill institutes a choice of law administration and courts to refer juvenile and low-level adult offenders to a community based restorative justice program. As a result, certain offenses are kept out of the criminal justice system while the offender is still being held accountable to the victim and the community.
I hope that the Committee will report S52 favorably.