Lumby council supports restorative justice

Lumby is pumping money into an alternative justice program but not as much as anticipated.

Lumby is pumping money into an alternative justice program but not as much as anticipated.

Council agreed Monday to provide $500 for the Restorative Justice Society, far short of the $2,528 the non-profit organization was seeking.

“That’s what we’ve been giving them,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich of the $500.

There is also a concern the village has not received sufficient information on the initiative.

“We’ve been asking for a per capita funding model but they keep sending us the same (request) letter,” said Mindnich.

All communities are being asked to provide funding based on case loads arising from those jurisdictions.

Through restorative justice, people who have committed an offence meet with the victim to talk about what happened and what can be done to correct the situation.  If possible, it is a way for the offender to remain out of jail and turn their life around.

“It’s a great program,” said Mayor Kevin Acton, adding that the village recently used the service after an offense.

“The people who did the harm met with us.”

Acton says restorative justice is important because it makes individuals responsible for their actions but keeps them out of the cycle of jail and crime.

“People make mistakes and if you make one, why should it ruin your life?” he said.

 

“Right the wrong and take your lumps. If you end up in prison, it’s a different experience.”